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Report offers options for new fracking rules in Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan could strengthen its supervision of a natural gas development process known as “fracking” by keeping a closer eye on surface and ground water near production wells and ordering companies to disclose more information about the chemicals they use, researchers said in a report released Friday. The University of Michigan study also said regulators could require ...

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Demand for frac sand in Marcellus moves Well Site Supply to build new facility

Featured Partner The upstream sector of the energy industry has been on a continuous roller coaster of oil price uncertainty over the past few months. Eventually low crude prices will thrust concerns into other avenues of energy development and manufacturing. But sand used for hydraulic fracturing hasn’t had to face those challenges quite yet. Wisconsin, a super-producer of frac sand, ...

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Panel: Radioactive fracking waste-dumping is safe

Disposal of low-level radioactive fracking waste does not harm Michigan’s environment under current rules, a panel appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder determined, and a Van Buren Township landfill could even handle higher radioactivity levels without risk. Those are among the findings in a report issued Friday by a panel appointed by Snyder. The group of regulators, academics, environmentalists and ...

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5 oilfield slang terms that sound nothing like what they mean

Beyond the dead horse debate of whether hydraulic fracturing’s shortened phrase should include a “k” or not, the oil industry is home to some of the craziest slang I’ve ever read in my life. There are plenty of phrases, some popular while others are most likely outdated and obscure, that have given roustabouts in the fields a sort of clique ...

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Western Md. coalition seeks looser gas drilling regulations

GRANTSVILLE, Md. — A coalition of western Maryland landowners, businesses and labor groups says the state’s proposed rules for natural gas drilling go too far. The Energy and Property Rights Coalition asked the administration of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday to put on hold the regulations proposed by his predecessor, Democrat Martin O’Malley, shortly before O’Malley left office last ...

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250 turn out for Middlesex hearing on challenge to ordinance allowing Rex Energy fracking

Hydraulic fracturing is saving farmland and preserving the rural character of Middlesex, proponents said during a public hearing Tuesday in Butler County on a challenge to a zoning ordinance that allows fracking. “There are family farms that were sold off because income levels weren’t enough,” said Scott Fodi, former manager of Middlesex who helped the township adopt the ordinance in ...

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Dozens turn out in Ventura to give input on state report on fracking

VENTURA, Calif. — Several dozen people sat in a Ventura auditorium Tuesday to get a chance to tell state officials what they thought of a study on fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals into oil and natural gas wells to create cracks in the rock and trigger production. The state last month ...

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Occidental suspends drilling in the Bakken

On Wednesday a representative from Occidental Petroleum Corp. told Dunn County commissioners that the company probably won’t be actively drilling or fracking in the area until March, according to a report from The Dickinson Press. In an earnings call last month, Occidental CEO Steve Chazen announced that the company “virtually eliminated” capital spending in North Dakota and in some international ...

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