Environmental Protection

Hydraulic Fracturing


Early Results from Hydraulic Fracturing Study Show No Direct Link to Groundwater Contamination

Preliminary findings from a study on the use of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development suggest no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination, according to the project leader at The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute.

Two Companies Partner to Solve Water Issue in Marcellus Shale Basin

A new joint partnership provides a solution to the environmental issues surrounding the treatment of mineral-laden brackish water from Marcellus Shale drilling, a problem that has threatened to severely limit natural gas drilling in several northeastern states.

Oil- and Gas-Related Helicopter Crashes in Gulf of Mexico Killed 139 Over 26 Years

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy finds that helicopters that service the drilling platforms and vessels in the Gulf of Mexico crash on average more than six times per year resulting in an average of five deaths per year.

Cleaning Frack Water On Site

Operated at the well head by service providers, turnkey water treatment systems reduce the cost of cleaning frack water by as much as 50 percent

Texas Natural Gas, Oil Drilling Company Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Negligent Violation of Clean Water Act

Gabriel Henson, a supervisor for Integrated Production Services Inc., a Houston-based natural gas and oil drilling contractor, pleaded guilty to a negligent violation of the Clean Water Act in federal court in Muskogee, Okla.

University of Texas Faculty Bring Science, Policy to Hydraulic Fracturing Debate

Experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering are helping to improve the safety and efficiency of hydraulic fracturing, identify issues that need to be corrected and untangle the knowns and unknowns of a process that is expected to constitute perhaps half of the nation's total natural gas supplies in coming years.

Texas' New Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Law

Texas' new hydraulic fracturing disclosure law – recently signed by Gov. Rick Perry – demonstrates that states and oil and gas producers can work together to increase public confidence in the industry as it develops abundant, cleaner-burning natural gas resources, said G. Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company .

University of Texas Professor Hosts Presentation on Fracking Facts and Myths

A professor at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering said the risks incurred during hydraulic fracturing are low when compared to the risks of energy production from any other energy source and that some commonly believed notions about the gas extraction process are incorrect.



EPA Identifies Case Studies for Hydraulic Fracturing Study

EPA, in keeping with the administration’s focus to ensure that the agency leverages domestic resources safely and responsibly, announced the next steps in its congressionally mandated hydraulic fracturing study.

Federal Agencies Aim to Improve Coordination to Support Energy Development Safeguard Air Quality

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes a common process for the agencies to follow in analyzing the potential air quality impacts of proposed oil and gas activities on federally managed public lands.

Celebrities Call on Lawmakers to Protect New York Tap Water from Fracking (With Video)

Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke and friends release ad that calls for lawmakers to protect the state’s world-class drinking water from a risky method of natural gas drilling called fracking.

IEA Report Explores Potential for ‘Golden Age’ for Natural Gas

. The new report, part of the World Energy Outlook 2011 series, examines the key factors that could result in a more prominent role for natural gas in the global energy mix, and the implications for other fuels, energy security, and climate change.

Texas Passes First Fracking Disclosure Bill

Last night, Texas lawmakers passed passed its version of House Bill 3328, which requires natural gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used during the fracking process.

Report: Short-Term Air Quality Not Affected by Gas Drilling in Marcellus Shale

An air quality study near Marcellus Shale natural gas operations in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania found no emission levels that would pose a public health concern, according to a report released by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Pa. DEP Levies Biggest Gas Drilling Fine Ever on Chesapeake Energy

Chesapeake Energy agreed to pay the penalty for using faulty well casings that allowed natural gas to seep into the water supply and for improper handling of a wet gas that resulted in a fire.

Methane Levels 17 Times Higher in Water Wells Near Hydrofracking Sites

A study by Duke University researchers has found high levels of leaked methane in well water collected near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites.

Company Offers Cost-fffective Solution to Meet Marcellus Wastewater Regulations

In what is regarded as significant breakthrough for energy companies working in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Play, Clean Streams LLC offers a time- and money-saving solution to simplify wastewater treatment and recycling.

Policy Group: Natural Gas Drillers Pay Too Little in Pa. Taxes

Natural gas drillers claim they have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in Pennsylvania taxes, but data from the state Department of Revenue tell a different story, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

Breakthrough Water Cleaning Technology Could Lessen Environmental Impacts from Shale Production

A novel water cleaning technology currently being tested in field demonstrations could help significantly reduce potential environmental impacts from producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale and other geologic formations.

Research Aims to Improve Natural Gas Extraction From Shale Formations

Researchers will study shale and tight-sand formations at the molecular level to understand how it moves through pores a few nanometers in size.

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