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High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing – FINDINGS ...

Regulatory Program for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs LINK to the statement: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/findingstatehvhf62015.pdf   Here is the environmental section of the statement: POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation technique which consists of...

Oil Patch Dakota — as expected, housing, sex...

Oil patch housing a tricky issue June 19, 2015 2:00 am Watford City officials recently notified conditional-use permit holders that their permits for temporary housing or in effect, campers, would be reviewed this year and then phased out. Mayor Brent Sanford believes the timing is about right, with approximately 1,500 apartment and duplex units on line or under construction in town and rental rates dropping. One-bedroom...

Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes ...

(Reuters) – A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.” From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of the...

This Oil Extraction Process Is Causing Earthquakes...

Earthquakes are becoming much more common in parts of the United States. Just within the past few years, Oklahoma has been hit worst, going from roughly one moderate earthquake per decade from 1882 through 2009 (on average) to 24 earthquakes in the year 2014 alone. While all of these are relatively small seismic events so far, they still do damage. Understanding what is causing them and possibly preventing them is a good...

Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or So...

Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said. There could be about 20 companies left that provide hydraulic fracturing services, Rob Fulks, pressure pumping marketing director at Weatherford, said in an interview Wednesday at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston. Demand for fracking,...

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its ...

Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (External Review Draft) Notice This assessment provides a review and synthesis of available information concerning the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources in the United States. This is a draft report that has been made available for public comment and shared with the EPA...

High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Ne...

A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of the U.S. energy boom. Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn’t go away, his wife’s hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they’d retired a...

New State Laws Aimed at Preventing Local Bans on F...

Over the past decade, new technologies have fueled an oil and gas boom in the U.S., but hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has triggered a backlash in some cities and towns. In November 2014, Denton, Texas banned fracking within its city limits. But this spring, the state passed a law that prevents local communities from banning fracking. And now, Oklahoma has passed a similar law, which the governor could sign today....

Toxins found in Ohio county with fracking

Emissions from fracking operations might be exposing people to toxic pollutants at levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for long-term exposure, according to scientists from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University. The researchers took air samples in Ohio’s Carroll County, home to 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties. The team found...

Push for local control of injection wells grows

WARREN, Ohio – Concerns mount over who has legal control of injection wells in Ohio. Leaders from seven counties gathered in Trumbull County Wednesday to iron out how to regain more local control of injection wells.  Township trustees and leaders from counties including Athens, Morrow, Portage and Mahoning aired out their concerns as they reviewed the steps they plan on taking. “I think our real goal is to say we...