The continuing protests against shale gas drilling in Algeria reflect population concerns about the use of water for fracking in a desert, as well as lingering anti-colonial resentment focused on French oil company Total, The New York Times reports.
More fracking sand is going into natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, and operators are having to dispose of more sand at the end of the process. The increase is part of a technique that improves well production, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A week after New York environmental chief Joe Martens said he doesn’t see revisiting the fracking issue anytime soon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared he would “never” lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, The Journal News reports.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Researchers at Miami University in Ohio – in a study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America – have linked earthquakes felt in Poland Township last year to hydraulic fracturing at wells operated by Hilcorp Energy, FuelFix reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.
"I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique and delighting opponents who previously managed to win only local bans.
New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich rock formation that has also led to a drilling boom in nearby states, has banned shale gas development since the state began its environmental review in 2008. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone.
Grid operators and utilities will bring their arguments Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule requiring them to offer incentives to customers who cut electricity use during peak demand, E&E reports.
A bill signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf last week clarifies the legal liabilities involved when a driller uses mine water in the hydraulic fracturing process, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles Monday is citing California emissions laws in demanding Volkswagen immediately buy back diesel vehicles caught up in the company’s emissions testing scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Data from China showing the country imported more crude last month, alongside bargain hunting after Monday’s price collapse, were helping to support oil early Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.2 percent to $47.64 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 1.3 percent to $50.88, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Johnson Controls Inc. is putting lithium-ion batteries into energy storage systems at the Merchandise Mart building in Chicago and in a U.S. military base in Puerto Rico, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
United Parcel Service vehicles running on alternative fuel have logged more than 500 million miles, more than halfway to the company goal of hitting a billion miles by 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.