Hydraulic Fracturing

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.

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.

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