Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania are seeking to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, filing a federal lawsuit against the regulatory...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas operators will be required to report the amount and quality of water used to drill wells, officials said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials voted to repurpose $221 million in federal coronavirus aid to various state agencies, including a $16-million grant to oil companies in support of the...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say they want to repurpose $16 million in federal coronavirus aid and spend it on grants to encourage fracking instead of using it to clean up...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite pushing back against the Trump administration's plan to expand oil extraction in California, the state has issued 190% more oil and gas drilling permits in the first...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A proposal to ban fracking in Michigan could land on the ballot in November.
The state appeals court last week ruled in favor of fracking opponents and revived their...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story published April 3, 2020, The Associated Press reported California officials had authorized the first new oil wells in the state since July. The story should...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Winona County's ban on the mining and processing of silica sand, which is used in the oil and gas industry for hydraulic...
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California increased its efforts Friday to keep the federal government from allowing oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of public land, suing to block the...
LOVING, N.M. (AP) — A company is seeking to build a multi-mile conveyor belt system that could bring sand for hydraulic fracturing from West Texas into southeast New Mexico.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — No evidence links hydraulic fracturing to contaminated groundwater in central Wyoming, according to a Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality report.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign pledges made by Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing by the oil and natural gas sector would have dire economic consequences for New...
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Friday that he is seeking passage of a measure that's squarely aimed at several Democratic presidential candidates and...
DENVER (AP) — A group opposed to hydraulic fracturing announced a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to halt new oil and gas drilling permits until updated regulations are in place.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.