Health

Enviro, Land Groups Blast Nebraska Keystone Pipe Report

As a study emerged Monday in Canada raising public health concerns about oilsands, groups long opposed to TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline blasted a report released Friday evaluating a rerouting of the oilsands-linked pipeline in Nebraska by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

January 9, 2013

Gas, Water Mix Throughout North Dakota

A sidelight of North Dakota’s oil/natural gas boom that predates the shale plays by decades is the widespread natural occurrence of shallow-lying gas mixing with groundwater. The state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) conducts an ongoing study that has identified gas in groundwater in 52 of the state’s 53 counties.

November 1, 2012

Research Seeking Biotechnology Treatment Solution for Frack Wastewater

A University of Minnesota research team is working on a biotechnology-based process to purify wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations.

September 19, 2012

Another Colorado City Considering Drilling Restrictions

City council members in Lafayette, CO, agreed Tuesday to consider a temporary ban on oil and natural gas drilling while they revise regulations that have not been updated since 1994.

September 7, 2012

New ASTM Panel to Develop Fracking Standards

Responding in part to the public outcry over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), ASTM International has created a subcommittee to develop consensus standards that would provide best practices for the fracking of oil and natural gas wells in shale formations.

August 16, 2012

Texas Petro Index Falls on Weak Commodity Prices

The Texas Petro Index (TPI), an indicator of the health of the state’s oil and gas industry compiled by a Texas Alliance of Energy Producers economist, posted its first decline in two and a half years due to declining crude prices and continuing natural gas price weakness.

August 6, 2012

Texas Petro Index Falls on Weak Commodity Prices

The Texas Petro Index (TPI), an indicator of the health of the state’s oil and gas industry compiled by a Texas Alliance of Energy Producers economist, posted its first decline in two and a half years due to declining crude prices and continuing natural gas price weakness.

August 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Adopts South Newark Basin Drilling Moratorium

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly moved with amazing speed late last week to install a drilling moratorium on upscale, ex-urban Philadelphia counties, attaching the provision in a must-pass budget measure (SB 1263) that Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign.

July 3, 2012

Global Investors Urge Industry to Cut Fracking Emissions

Institutional investor groups representing trillions of dollars in assets have called on the oil and natural gas industry to use best practice control technologies to reduce global methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of unconventional wells.

June 19, 2012

New York Governor Will Reportedly Allow Fracking in Five Counties

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reportedly working on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in five counties along the Pennsylvania border in the Marcellus Shale, but only in localities that support the practice.

June 14, 2012