nav-left cat-right
cat-right

Community leaders join environmental group asking ...

The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” such as at this well in Pennsylvania, is opposed by neighborhood groups who accuse the operations of polluting the air and drinking water, and causing earthquakes.Associated Press file photo COLUMBUS, Ohio – A citizen-based environmental advocacy group today delivered a letter signed by more than 100 elected officials calling on Gov....

Judge tosses drilling suit; moms say ‘not giving u...

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, which is based in Broadview Heights, claimed that the city’s Community Bill of Rights approved by voters in 2012 supersedes a state law permitting drilling. But...

Pressure from fracking or construction may cause h...

More than a million oil and natural gas wells were drilled in this country before anyone really knew how to plug them. Once the oil or gas was gone, the wells were abandoned with little thought of future consequences. Some have been open holes in the ground since the 1800s.  Others are plugged with little more than dirt and logs. For decades, old abandoned wells have leaked oil, natural gas and brine into soil and drinking...

Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry’s...

Athens (Ohio) County Commissioners Declare a Morat...

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist The Athens Messenger State officials are being asked by the Athens County Commissioners to put a moratorium on the issuance of new injection well permits. Whether it has any impact may be determined by how many other counties make similar requests. The commissioners’ vote to seek the moratorium came during a meeting Tuesday with members of the Athens County Fracking Action...

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,...