Fracturing

Colorado Joins Challenge to BLM Fracking Rules

Colorado is the third oil/gas producing state to join legal challenges to the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands.

April 28, 2015

Interior Unveils Final Rule For Fracking on Public, Tribal Lands

The Department of Interior (DOI) issued its long-awaited rule for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands on Friday. It requires operators to temporarily store produced water in aboveground tanks and disclose most of the chemicals they use to the FracFocus registry.

March 20, 2015

Fraser Warns Against Knee-Jerk Frack Bans in Canada

Reward doesn’t come without risk, and where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is concerned there is sometimes too much emphasis on the latter while the former is not fully appreciated, according to a study by the Vancouver, BC-based Fraser Institute.

December 12, 2014

California Lawmakers Reject Proposed Fracking Moratorium

The California state Senate on Thursday rejected a bill (SB 1132) seeking to establish a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), for which the state is in the process of finalizing new rules from a bill (SB 4) passed last year.

May 30, 2014

EPA Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on Diesel Fuel in Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during fracking activities.

February 11, 2014

EU Nations to Rethink Fracking, Says Researcher

European Union (EU) nations are likely to reconsider hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for its potential to promote energy independence and spur economic growth, according to consultant Frost & Sullivan (F&S).

November 4, 2013

House Dems Urge White House to Move Quickly on Fracking Guidance

House Democrats have called on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize “long overdue guidance” expeditiously for oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities using diesel fuel, and to reject any industry efforts to weaken or delay it.

October 28, 2013

California House Republicans Weigh In on Fracking Law

A group of Republicans in the California congressional delegation led by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy warned Gov. Jerry Brown last Thursday that implementation of the state’s new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) legislation (SB 4), signed into law last month, should not get in the way of the state’s oil/natural gas resurgence.McCarthy and 13 other Republican congressional representatives warned that the new regulation shouldn’t be an undue hindrance to the industry. Regulating the latest advanced drilling techniques should not hand-tie the industry, the congressional representatives told Brown.

October 22, 2013

Colorado Goes After Chemical Disclosure Violators

In the first test of new statewide oil and natural gas drilling chemical disclosure rules established last year, the Colorado Oil/Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will flex its regulatory muscles soon in pending enforcement activity (Rule 205A) involving 11 operators.

October 21, 2013
Niobrara Operators Tested by Colorado Floods

Niobrara Operators Tested by Colorado Floods

Although the storms are gone, the troubles from historic flooding along the Front Range in Colorado continued to pop up Thursday in the Niobrara Formation portion of the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. wrestled with oil spills from two of its tank batteries damaged by the still-raging flood waters.

September 20, 2013