Stimulation

No Significant Impact From Well Stimulation — Fracturing — Offshore California, Says Interior

An environmental assessment has found no significant impact from using specific well stimulation treatments, such as hydraulic fracturing, in oil and gas activities offshore California, the Department of Interior said Friday.

May 27, 2016

California to Beef Up Oil, Gas Rules, Official Says

Oil and natural gas operators in California face stepped up oversight in the months ahead as the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) undergoes an extensive reorganization, the head of DOGGR told NGI’s Shale Daily on Tuesday.

August 26, 2015

California Fracking Rules Take Effect; Scientific Reviews Released

California’s new rules covering well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), completed the state’s environmental review and went into effect Wednesday as called for in a state law passed two years ago (SB 4). They replace interim regulations that have been effective since the start of 2014.

July 2, 2015

California Releases Positive Reviews on Well Stimulation Rules

In anticipation of a mid-year effective date for the state’s new well stimulation rules, which cover hydraulic fracturing, California’s Department of Conservation (DOC) on Wednesday released a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) and separately the results of an independent scientific assessment commissioned by the state. The DEIR concludes that most impacts can be mitigated.

January 15, 2015
California Fracking Rules Made Final, Effective July 1

California Fracking Rules Made Final, Effective July 1

California’s new rules covering well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), completed the state’s regulatory process last Tuesday and will become effective July 1.

January 2, 2015

California Issues More Changes to Fracking Rules

California oil/natural gas regulators on Thursday issued yet another set of draft well stimulation rules, including for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), making further refinements based on nearly 200,000 comments that have been accumulated in the past 10 months. One change has raised the proposed threshold level for seismic activity tied to well stimulation to 2.7 from a previously proposed level of 2.0.

October 10, 2014
BLM: California Fracking Impacts Overstated

BLM: California Fracking Impacts Overstated

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California, including its associated water use, is relatively benign, according to an independent report commissioned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that was released Thursday.

August 29, 2014

Fracking Bills Get Cold Shoulder in California

All but one of the proposals to address hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including all of those seeking moratoriums on the well stimulation practice, have bitten the dust in the California legislature. The lone bill standing (SB 4) is still awaiting committee referral in the lower house Assembly (see Shale Daily, June 3).

June 17, 2013

Waterless Fracking Fluid Tested in Eagle Ford

Houston-based eCORP Stimulation Technologies LLC claims to have successfully tested a waterless hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid consisting solely of propane in Frio County, TX, in the Eagle Ford Shale. The test simulated conditions in the shale play at 5,950 feet, the company said.

January 14, 2013

Waterless Fracking Fluid Tested in Eagle Ford

Houston-based eCORP Stimulation Technologies LLC claims to have successfully tested a waterless hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid consisting solely of propane in Frio County, TX, in the Eagle Ford Shale. The test simulated conditions in the shale play at 5,950 feet, the company said.

January 10, 2013
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