Fracking

Federal Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against DRBC Fracking Ban

Federal Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against DRBC Fracking Ban

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Pennsylvania Senate Republicans against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said state Sens. Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker lack standing to challenge the ban on unconventional oil and gas development…

June 15, 2021
California Governor Seeks to Ban New Drilling Permits by 2024, End Oil Extraction by 2045

California Governor Seeks to Ban New Drilling Permits by 2024, End Oil Extraction by 2045

Moving closer to an all-out ban, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed regulators to start a regulatory process for banning new permits for drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by January 2024.  The governor said he chose the regulatory route after a legislative attempt earlier this month again failed. He has directed the Department of Conservation’s…

April 26, 2021
California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

Another attempt in California to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other well stimulation technologies has failed to get a key legislative committee’s endorsement, drawing cautious optimism from industry representatives. Senate Bill 467 by state Sen. Scott Wiener was granted reconsideration to possibly be reintroduced. The bill also would have prohibited wells from…

April 19, 2021
Outgoing Trump Administration Warns of U.S. Economic Disaster if Fracking Banned

Outgoing Trump Administration Warns of U.S. Economic Disaster if Fracking Banned

A ban on hydraulic fracturing, a key technique used to complete unconventional oil and natural gas wells, could reverse U.S. production growth and lead the country backwards to become a net importer once again by as soon as 2025, the outgoing Trump administration warned in a report issued Thursday. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) outgoing…

January 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has signed a $2.5 million contract with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to conduct additional research on the potential health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state.  The move comes in response to growing concerns in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties where unconventional natural gas development…

December 24, 2020
NextTier, NOV Testing E-Fracking Prototype for Lower 48 Well Sites

NextTier, NOV Testing E-Fracking Prototype for Lower 48 Well Sites

Oilfield services operator NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. is collaborating on field tests of National Oilwell Varco Inc.’s (NOV) electric fracturing, aka e-fracking, system to reduce emissions and equipment at well sites. The Houston-based operators plan to test NOV’s Ideal eFrac fleet, which was introduced in the third quarter. NextTier, a completions provider, works in the…

November 23, 2020
Colombia Inches Closer to Becoming Second South American Nation to Use Fracking

Colombia Inches Closer to Becoming Second South American Nation to Use Fracking

Colombia has published the terms of reference for its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pilots and will award contracts to four projects by the end of this month. According to a reference document published in October by the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), the most “favorable” four projects will be picked from those taking part in the bidding…

November 4, 2020
Trump Amplifies Fracking as Wedge Issue in Pennsylvania, While Operators Boost Drilling

Trump Amplifies Fracking as Wedge Issue in Pennsylvania, While Operators Boost Drilling

President Trump ordered a review of the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, during a weekend in which he crisscrossed Pennsylvania ahead of Election Day. He used the symbolic memorandum to magnify his support of the natural gas extraction technique used in the state’s Marcellus Shale – part of a late-stage effort to galvanize…

November 2, 2020
Trump Issues Fracking Order in Bid to Edge Out Biden in Pennsylvania; Drilling Accelerates Ahead of Election

Trump Issues Fracking Order in Bid to Edge Out Biden in Pennsylvania; Drilling Accelerates Ahead of Election

President Trump signed a memorandum effectively promoting hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, amid a weekend of barnstorming through Pennsylvania ahead of Election Day. He capitalized on the symbolic missive to amplify his backing of the natural gas extraction technique used in the state’s Marcellus Shale – part of a bid to shore up support in the…

November 2, 2020
October Fracture Activity Seen Higher, Led by Permian

October Fracture Activity Seen Higher, Led by Permian

The U.S. active fracture (frack) spread count is climbing, with gains of up to 6% already this month from September, according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. In a preliminary note to clients, the analyst team said well completions activity is climbing in the Lower 48 since the start of the month. The domestic active…

October 23, 2020
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