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April 20, 2015 Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

Source: Reuters

A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives.

April 14, 2015 What environmentalists get wrong when they use the California drought to attack fracking

Source: Washington Post

With the continual worsening of California’s drought, an odd argument — in some ways as much meme as argument — has arisen. It’s the notion that in the context of the drought, it’s important to cut back on the water used in...

April 6, 2015 Fracking deserves the negative attention

Source: Daily Trogan

Asking strangers on the street for their opinions on hydraulic fracturing is likely to elicit some blank stares. But asking them for their opinions on fracking will almost certainly evoke adamant reactions. And considering the...

April 3, 2015 Fracking Operators Ran Up 2.5 Violations a Day, Study Shows

Source: Bloomberg

Oil and gas drillers ran afoul of regulators on average 2.5 times a day in three energy-intensive states for mistakes such as wastewater spills, well leaks or pipeline ruptures during the boom in hydraulic fracturing.

April 1, 2015 ND to join Wyoming lawsuit against federal fracking rules

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said Tuesday it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process...

April 1, 2015 German cabinet imposes high barriers for fracking

Source: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves blasting...

March 27, 2015 Recent Trends In U.S. Land Drilling Market: Re-fracking, Growing Well Inventory, Lower Rig Count

Source: Forbes

The tight oil boom in the United States has been largely responsible for the present turmoil in the global oil markets. Average annual production growth in the U.S. has stood at about 1 million barrels per day over the last four...

March 25, 2015 Lord Smith 'hugely sceptical' of fracking for shale oil in the UK

Source: The Guardian

Former environment agency chief says environmental case for shale oil in the UK is much tougher to make than for shale gas and calls for a single regulator

March 25, 2015 Lifting German fracking ban 'unlikely to boost volumes'

FE Trustnet - Lifting a ban on fracking in Germany is unlikely to have any significant impact on the country's domestic gas production in the foreseeable future, îFitch Ratingsî says. The ratings agency says obstacles...

March 24, 2015 U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

Source: Reuters

The Obama administration’s new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides on Friday, with green groups calling the measures “toothless” and the energy industry slamming “unnecessary” regulation...

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