Environmental Protection

Hydraulic Fracturing

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.

Buffalo, N.Y., Bans Fracking in Groundbreaking Vote (With Video)

Citizens and clean water advocates heralded N.Y.'s Buffalo Common Council’s move to become the first city in New York State—and the second major city nationwide—to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

PXP Selects Veolia to Provide Produced Water Treatment

Veolia will reclaim water for the Plains Exploration & Production Company at an oilfield in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

Treatment System Cleans Marcellus Shale Wastewater

A Department of Energy-funded demonstration tested the AltelaRain 4000 desalination system at a BLX well site in Pennsylvania.

New website helps the public understand what chemicals are being used in hydrofracturing.

Council and Compact Launch Fracfocus.org for Chemical Data

The Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission unveiled the nation’s first single-source website disclosing additives used in hydraulic fracturing on a well-by-well basis.

Research Digs Deep into the Fracking Controversy

Researcher examined the industry in Pennsylvania, known as the "sweet spot" for natural gas.

DEP Shuts Down Pennsylvania Gas Well Pre-construction Site Over Violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Chesapeake Energy to cease work on a natural gas drilling well pad for failing to comply with regulations and impacting one of Galeton Borough Water Authority's water sources.

Lautenberg Supports Natural Gas Fracking Bill

Both Senate and House lawmakers have offered versions of the legislation that was introduced in 2009.

Texas House Proposes Fracking Fluid Disclosure Bill

By knowing what chemicals are being used, the government can determine their impact on the environment and human health.

Natural Gas Bills Reintroduced to Protect Pennsylvanians and Create Jobs

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today reintroduced three bills designed to protect Pennsylvanians and create Pennsylvania jobs.

Marcellus Shale Summit Seeks to Dispel Myths

At the end of March, oil and gas industry stakeholders will meet to discuss future development of Marcellus Shale.

DEP: Water Downstream of Marcellus Water Treatment Plants Is Safe

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection announced results of in-stream water quality monitoring for radioactive material in seven of the commonwealth's rivers.

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Siemens to Supply Filter Presses for Gas Drilling Water Reuse

The company is providing a system to treat fracking wastewater in Tioga County, Pa.

Bill Would Protect Pennsylvania's Waters from Drilling Damage

In this bill, natural gas drillers would be responsible for more contaminant liability.

Audit Protocols Aim to Help Companies Comply With New Environmental Regulations

The CheckPoint Pennsylvania Audit Protocols consist of eight checklists with more than 1,000 questions. The questions are designed so that a user can select only the questions that pertain to their operations.

America's Natural Gas Alliance Responds to Plans to Reintroduce the FRAC Act

Daniel Whitten, vice president for strategic communications for America's Natural Gas Alliance, says FRAC Act isn't necessary on top of existing local, state and federal rules.

Researchers Developing Shale Gas Reservoir Simulator

University of Oklahoma researchers are developing a new simulator for shale gas reservoirs that will provide oil and gas companies with an essential tool for managing production and choosing drilling locations to lower costs and increase production.

First Claim Filed in New York for Contamination Caused by Natural Gas Drilling

The complaint alleges that the property values for homes owned by nine families have been reduced and the families' health has been jeopardized.

Pennsylvania General Energy Co. Fined for Illegal Surfactant Discharge

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Pennsylvania General Energy Co. $28,960 for the illegal discharge of Airfoam HD, a surfactant, into Pine Creek in Lycoming County last March.

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