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Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

New technology could recover more oil from early B...

Oil companies are applying new hydraulic fracturing techniques to early Bakken wells, a process industry leaders say has the potential to recover more oil without increasing the footprint on the land. Operators are targeting wells drilled between 2008 and 2010, the early years of Bakken development before fracking technology advanced to where it is today. Companies are refracturing the older wells using today’s technology...

Surge In Hydraulic Fracturing Drives Water Managem...

A new wave of drilling activity in the hydraulic fracturing sector has kick-started demand for water management solutions in a sector that was lagging less than a year ago. With a rebound in drilling activity underway, energy company spend on U.S. water management is forecasted to rise 47% by the end of 2017, according to Bluefield Research’s new Market Insight, Water for U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Market: Competitive...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...

Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

Mill Creek MetroParks wants exemption from state b...

YOUNGSTOWN Mill Creek MetroParks has joined with other park districts across the state in opposing a provision in the proposed state budget that pertains to oil and gas drilling. House Bill 49, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is now going through Senate committees, allows public entities such as park districts to be placed in an oil and gas “unit,” which joins together a combination of land tracts for the...

USGS FINALLY ADMITS THAT FRACKING CAUSES EARTHQUAK...

USGS FINALLY ADMITS THAT FRACKING CAUSES EARTHQUAKES Casey Coates Danson | It has taken years to finally admit it, but the U.S. Geological Survey has just confirmed that three million Americans are at risk from human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater disposal, a process in fracking, in 2017. The study was focused on the U.S. Central East, primarily on Oklahoma and Kansas, who don’t normally get large earthquakes. Due...

Financial Times declares a winner in the war for e...

Wind turbines in California. CREDIT: AP/Noah Berger, File Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’ ThinkProgress | Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and a low-carbon economy is now...

How Renewables Are to Coal What Email Was to the P...

The Conversation: Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s...

Oil industry power is slithering away

With oil prices remaining low, hopes of combating climate change through emissions reduction are improving as the oil industry shrinks. LONDON, 13 May, 2017 – Big oil is getting smaller. Many of the oil services companies that are employed when new fields are being developed have been laying off workers, and oil companies have been writing down their assets. The problem is the persistent low price of oil. Despite the best...

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about...

    This image distributed by the Ohio EPA shows the site of an April incident involving the Rover Pipeline. Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski May 12, 2017 Midwest Energy News | 2017-05-12T06:01:00+00:00 Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and...

Feds Halt New Drilling on Rover Pipeline After Mas...

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted new drilling Wednesday on the Rover Pipeline until it addresses its 2 million gallon spill of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands. The decision was made just days after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) with a $431,000 fine over numerous water and air pollution violations along the route of the $4.2...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in North Dakota in just one year On average a spill occurred every 11 hours and 45 minutes Charlie May Salon | Sunday, May 7, 2017 05:09 PM EDT  North Dakota, a state that was the forefront of national protests for months over environmental concerns stemming from the construction of a major pipeline, reported 745 oil spills since last May, according to the state’s Department of...

Google Asked To Label Anti-Fracking Websites As ‘F...

An oil and gas drilling advocacy group published an open letter to Google asking the search engine giant to consider “purging or demoting” websites spreading misinformation about hydraulic fracturing. Google rewrote its search engine algorithm to bury “fake news” websites in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The industry-funded Texans for Natural Gas wants Google to include anti-fracking websites. “We believe many...