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38 new drilling permits issued in Utica Shale region

During the week ending on Nov. 8, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued 38 new permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica and Point Pleasant Shale plays, according to a report by the Morning Journal. One permit was issued in Harrison County, four in Guernsey County, six in Monroe County, 13 in Belmont County and 14 in Carroll ...

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NC commission makes final recommendations for fracking rules

RALEIGH — About a dozen lobbyists, environmental activists and other interested people watched Friday as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission finalized its suggested rules and regulations for the oil and gas industry. The regulations primarily concern the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The commission has worked on researching and writing the rules for two years and recently ...

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Kittanning companies take gas drilling in a different direction

Work is ramping up at an East Franklin site that is home to Snyder Brothers’ and MDS Energy’s first horizontal Marcellus shale well in Armstrong County. A large rig has been set up and is expected to start drilling Saturday. Crews drilled vertical wells at the site earlier in the month. The horizontal wells, while more costly to set up, ...

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Oil, gas industry tries to keep talent in pipeline

Four years ago, Bryan Dickson and Matt Ockree were among the youngest engineers working on gas well pads in Western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields. “I was out in the frack van with Bryan a lot of days and a lot of nights, learning from the people with more experience,” said Ockree, 27, a Lower Burrell native, recalling the training he ...

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Boulder County to side with Longmont in case over fracking ban

Boulder County commissioners have authorized the county attorney’s office to side with Longmont in its legal battle over the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s challenge of the city’s voter-approved fracking ban. Commissioners Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner and Elise Jones voted on Thursday to have the county attorney’s staff file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Longmont’s appeal of a Boulder District Court ...

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CU-Boulder study: Fracking fluid no more toxic than common household products

The chemicals found in fracking fluid collected in five states — including Colorado — were no more toxic than common household substances, according to a newly released study by researchers at the University of Colorado. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Analytical Chemistry, found that chemicals in the fracking fluid samples also were found in everyday products such as ...

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New Mexico oil boom may not be booming much longer

With crude oil prices dropping drastically in recent months, New Mexico’s seven-year oil production boom may be fizzing out. The decreasing oil prices have provided relief for consumers in New Mexicao at the pumps, but the overall decline in oil production will affect everyone, since nearly one-third of the state’s revenue comes from oil and gas production. In the Permian ...

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NC panel plans final discussion on fracking rules

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Mining and Energy Commission planned to meet Friday for a final discussion on rules for fracking in North Carolina before voting on them. The meeting was to start with a discussion of revisions to draft rules for the hydraulic fracturing method of drilling for oil and gas. Panel leaders hoped to vote during the meeting, ...

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Boulder County extending drilling moratorium

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County is extending a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium had been set to end on Jan. 1 but county commissioners voted Thursday to continue it for another 3 ½ years. The Longmont Times-Call reported that the vote drew applause from about 50 people who gathered for the ...

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Largest ‘shale-quake’ in Kansas reported

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It has recently been suggested that wastewater injection wells, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, are directly linked to a strange surge of earthquake activity across the country.  Parallel to its increase in well drilling, there has recently been an increase in earthquake activity in Kansas and Oklahoma. Yesterday portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas experienced a 4.8 magnitude earthquake, one ...

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