Oil and gas defenders, critics test Colorado’s new law
DENVER (AP) — The petroleum industry's defenders and critics are testing the limits of a new Colorado law that flips the state's priorities from producing energy to protecting the...
Activists trying to reinstate Colorado city’s fracking ban
DENVER (AP) — Environmental activists asked a Colorado court on Wednesday to reinstate the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing, arguing the ban is legal under a new state law giving...
The Latest: Groups try to revive Colorado city fracking ban
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on on an attempt to reinstate a northern Colorado city's hydraulic fracturing ban (all times local):
An oil and gas industry group says reinstating a northern...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation's most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state's top oil and...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the firing of California's top oil and gas regulator Thursday over an increase in state permits for hydraulic fracturing and allegations of...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Local governments can consider complaints about natural gas drilling operations from people in other jurisdictions when determining whether a company should be given a...
Oregon approves temporary ban on ‘fracking’
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The controversial oil exploration tactic known as fracking will be temporarily banned in Oregon until 2025 under a bill on its way to the governor.
Antero agrees to $3.15m fine in W.Va. pollution settlement
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia.
The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reached a proposed settlement with Antero Resources Corp. over allegations of Clean Water Act violations at sites in Doddridge, Harrison and Tyler counties.
Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas.
Encore Green finalizes cleaned byproduct water trial
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Oilfield byproduct water is now a resource instead of a waste, and that new resource may improve the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.
Encore Green and the Beneficial-Use Water Alliance last Monday watered local rancher Owen Goertz's grazing grass with cleaned byproduct water from the hydraulic fracturing process.
Fracking begins in UK for first time since 2011
LONDON (AP) — Protesters have gathered near a shale gas exploration site in northwestern England, as fracking began in the U.K. for the first time since 2011.
Hydraulic fracturing had been stalled in the country after two earthquakes in the same area led to legal challenges. Environmental campaigners failed last week in Britain's High Court to keep the work in Lancashire from proceeding.
Denver company purchasing New Mexico oil wells for $480M
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Denver-based company is set to purchase 90 northern New Mexico oil wells for $480 million.
The Durango Herald reports Encana Corp. announced Monday that it agreed to sell 90 horizontal oil wells in the San Juan Basin that use hydraulic fracturing to DJR Energy.
US ‘likely’ has taken over as the world’s top oil producer
The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year.
If those estimates are right, it would mark the first time since 1973 that the U.S. has led the world in output, according to government figures.
North Dakota geologists seek local sand source for fracking
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota geologists are attempting to locate local sources of sand to be used for hydraulic fracturing as the oil industry demand grows.
The North Dakota Geological Survey is collecting sandstone samples from Billings and McKenzie counties this year, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
Group creates model anti-fracking ordinance for towns
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest association of cities and towns has developed a model ordinance that municipalities can adopt to ban waste from hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.
Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas. Residents who live near the gas wells, along with environmental groups and some scientists, have long worried about air and water pollution.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University assistant professor has received a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to look at how airborne particles that result from hydraulic fracturing affect human health.
In hydraulic fracturing, oil and gas are extracted from rock by injecting mixtures of water, sand and chemicals underground.
- The Times-TribunePlan To Ban Fracking MisguidedSeptember 19, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanFight fracking before it’s too lateOctober 8, 2018
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceCourt Reinstates Lawsuit Over Fracking In Delaware River BasinJuly 14, 2018
- The Santa Fe New MexicanState land official sues over water well permitsJune 24, 2018
- Daily Times-CallLongmont City Council Approves Oil, Gas AgreementMay 23, 2018
Correction: Sand Mining Ban story
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a story May 6 about a Minnesota Court of Appeals hearing involving a Winona County sand mining ban, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the hearing would be held Monday. The hearing will be held Thursday.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Court to hear challenge to Winona County's sand mining ban
Winona County heads to court to defend its ban on sand mining for use in hydraulic fracturing
Environmental Health Project to present ‘Fracking and You’ at Penn Area Library
Officials from the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project in McMurray will give a presentation on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on April 16.
The EHP is "nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development," according to its website.
Wisconsin frack industry recovers, faces new competition
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A surge in domestic crude oil production has helped Wisconsin's frack sand industry overcome a slump that idled mines two years ago, but it now faces new competition.
Wastewater well drilling application withdrawn in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An oil and gas company has withdrawn one of its three applications to pump hydraulic fracturing wastewater underground in southeast Wyoming.
Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission officials say EOG Resources withdrew an application to pump hydraulic fracturing wastewater into the Sussex Aquifer from sites near subdivisions in Laramie County.
Oklahoma oil, gas regulator modifies earthquake guidelines
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has developed new requirements for oil and natural gas operators in the event of an earthquake.
The commission announced the new protocol Tuesday for operators in the newest and largest areas of oil and gas development, known as SCOOP and STACK in central and southern Oklahoma.
Murphy says NJ joins neighbors in opposing ‘fracking’
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey is joining Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania in support of a regional ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Murphy, a Democrat, announced the decision on the banks of the Delaware River in Phillipsburg.
"Fracking should not have a role in the energy future of New Jersey," Murphy said.
Oklahoma quakes tied to how deep wastewater is injected
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep — not just how much — fracking wastewater is injected into the ground.
Fracking accounts for most new oil and gas production in U.S., agency says
Hydraulically fractured horizontal wells accounted for 69 percent of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States, and 83 percent of the total linear footage drilled, in 2016, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported on Tuesday.
The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has increased the rate of recent U.S. crude oil, lease condensate and natural gas production in Pennsylvania and other states, the EIA said.
Bill would exempt trade secrets from FOIA
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Open government and environmental advocates are once again battling bills they say that would limit public-information access by creating a Freedom of Information Act exclusion for trade secrets.
HB 904 by Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, would create general exclusions from FOIA for trade secrets submitted to a public body. It passed its initial hearing in a House General Laws subcommittee Tuesday.
Wisconsin fracking sand producers see competition from Texas
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some energy producers are still willing to pay more for Wisconsin's high-quality fracking sand despite increasing competition from Texas producers.
Mining industry publications estimate there could be more than 20 new frack sand mines in western Texas this year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The growth is happening in the Permian Basin, a major oil production area.
Frack sand is used in the hydraulic fracturing process to extract oil and natural gas from rock.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has made the U.S. an exporter of natural gas, but extracting that fuel from deep in the ground is not without its costs. The process produces massive amounts of wastes, both liquid and solid. These wastes have to be disposed of and a growing number of Connecticut communities are saying, “Not Here!”
Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands, government officials announced Thursday.
The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied mainly in the West, where most federal lands are located. Companies would have had to disclose the chemicals used in fracking, which pumps pressurized water underground to break open hydrocarbon deposits.
Expectant mothers who live close to hydraulic fracturing are more likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to a new study published last week in the journal Science Advances.
The study on birth weight and other health indicators paints a different picture than another report commissioned by health researcher Susan Mickley and commissioned by industry marketing machine Energy in Depth also published last week.
Study: Babies of mothers who live near fracking sites face increased health risks
Babies born to mothers who live within a kilometer of an active hydraulic fracturing site face increased health risks, according to a Princeton University study published in Science Advances.
The study found that babies born to mothers living within a kilometer of a drilling site — or nearly two-thirds of a mile — had about an 8 percent chance of having a low birth weight, while babies born to mothers living farther away had about a 6.5 percent chance.
Agreement reached on West Virginia fracking landfill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmentalists have reached an agreement with Antero Treatment that calls for monitoring for radioactivity and bromide around its landfill in northern West Virginia that takes the waste from recycled groundwater used in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Hydraulic fracturing sites raise the risk of low-birth-weight babies, study says
Living within a half mile of a hydraulic fracturing site carries a serious risk for pregnant women, a study says. The drilling technique, known as fracking, injects high pressure water laced with chemicals into underground rock to release oil and natural gas.
Women who lived within that distance to hydraulic fracturing operations in Pennsylvania were 25 percent more likely to give birth to low-weight infants than expecting mothers who lived more than 2 miles beyond the sites.
Study: Quakes spurred on faults dead for 300 million years
DALLAS (AP) — Earthquakes that have swarmed North Texas in recent years occurred on faults awakened by human activity after they had been dormant since dinosaurs roamed the area, according to a new university study.
Commission seeks fracking ban in watershed supplying NYC
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission that oversees water quality for the watershed that supplies Philadelphia and half of New York City with drinking water took another step Thursday toward permanently banning natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, despite industry opposition.
Judge dismisses challenge to Winona County’s frack sand ban
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a challenge to Winona County's ban on industrial frack sand mining.
Minnesota Sands, a company with leases on thousands of acres in southeastern Minnesota, along with a group of landowners sued the county. The landowners contend the 2016 ordinance violates their rights by singling out sand used for industrial purposes while permitting mining of sand for construction.
Second Virginia county bans hydraulic fracturing
WARSAW, Va. (AP) — A second Virginia county has banned hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting water and chemicals deep into the ground to loosen trapped gas and oil.
Commission delays decision on using river water in oilfields
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The Little Missouri River Commission has postponed a decision on drawing water from the scenic river for use in oilfields.
The commission heard two hours of debate Wednesday from conservationists concerned about taking river water for hydraulic fracturing and landowners worried about increased truck traffic.
Court sides with board to keep fracking ban issue off ballot
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a county elections board's decision to reject another ballot measure that would have allowed Youngstown voters to ban the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing in their city.
The Supreme Court agreed with the elections board in a 4-3 decision issued Friday.
Youngstown voters have previously voted down a proposed ban on fracking and fracking-related activities six times.
Appeals court sidesteps decision on US fracking regulations
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday sidestepped a decision on whether oil and gas regulations enacted by the Obama administration are legal, noting that the current administration plans to rescind them.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said it would be a waste of time to rule on the regulations, which govern hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, because the Trump administration has already begun the process of revoking them.
Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration.
Regulators take step to ban fracking near Delaware River
NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A commission that oversees drinking water quality for 15 million people took an initial step Wednesday to permanently ban drilling and hydraulic fracturing near the Delaware River and its tributaries, drawing criticism from the natural gas industry as well as from environmental groups worried that regulators would still allow the disposal of toxic drilling wastewater inside the area.
AP source: Permanent Delaware River drilling ban in works
A seven-year moratorium on natural gas development near the Delaware River would be replaced by a permanent ban under a proposal that's being developed by the agency that oversees the water supply of more than 15 million people.
A Northwest Georgia lawmaker who led a push to strengthen regulations on fracking is among the honorees in the Georgia Water Coalition’s inaugural Clean 13 Report. The report released Wednesday recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations to protect the state’s water and natural resources.
Colorado Editorial Roundup
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Aug. 30, on the Whitewater drilling plan:
If Fram ever gets the green light to drill up to 108 oil wells over four years from 12 new well pads on public land in the Whitewater Basin, it won't be because there wasn't adequate opportunity for the public to weigh in.
The Latest: Court asked to hold off on fracking rule
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeal over hydraulic fracturing rules (all times local):
The Trump administration is asking three federal appeals court judges in Denver to hold off on a decision regarding a major federal fracking rule implemented by the Obama administration.
The Trump administration first announced plans to roll back the rule in March.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have lifted a moratorium on industrial water permits, allowing the oil industry to access water from the Little Missouri State Scenic River for hydraulic fracturing.The discussion of giving the oil industry access to the water from the river began this spring after a State Water Commission hydrologist found North Dakota was granting water permits for fracking and other uses that violated a state law, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2tdnNDc ) reported.
HOUSTON (AP) — A new study by a nonprofit science organization says oil and gas drilling in Texas is linked to pollution and earthquakes.
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2siuByn ) reported.