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King George planners to review drilling ordinances


Cathy Dyson | Free Lance-Star In an effort to maintain “ultimate control” of any natural gas drilling that might take place in their locality, the King George supervisors on Tuesday directed the Planning Commission to review the county’s zoning ordinances. The current ordinance allows for exploratory drilling only, so the supervisors directed planners to recommend any changes necessary, should a ...

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Fracking series to air on TV, Denver Post online

Staff Reports | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. A five-part series on hydraulic fracturing will air at 3 p.m. daily beginning Monday on KCDO-TV Channel 3, ending Friday on the “Aaron Harber Show: Colorado Election 2014 TM.” The program, as a part of a partnership with The Denver Post, will be available in advance on DenverPost.com at DenverPost.com/ElectionShow. Guests on the ...

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ND environmental groups request release of preliminary waste report

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In response to radioactive waste found illegally dumped in isolated areas of North Dakota, two environmental groups are requesting the immediate release of a preliminary draft of a study regarding the safety and handling of radioactive waste, according to a recent report by the Forum News Service. The groups, Dakota Resource Council and the ...

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Illinois draft altered some fracking rules


Julie Wernau | Chicago Tribune In combing through the more than 30,000 comments it received this year on proposed rules for a new fracking industry in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had its hands full. Some people want to ban fracking, which involves injecting fluids and chemicals at high volumes to crack open shale rock and unleash oil ...

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Take 5: NCPC leader: Fracking is environmentally safe


Sanford Herald editorial This week, we Take 5 with David McGowan. He is currently the executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC). In this role, he leads the NCPC’s advocacy efforts and acts as a principal spokesperson. Previously, he served as the director of regulatory affairs for the North Carolina Association of Realtors. Most people understand at least ...

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Workshops will drill into fracking


Cathy Dyson | Free Lance-Star Residents and elected officials have the chance to hear about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from people on all sides of the issue, as well as from those who have experienced gas drilling in rural communities. Two workshops–the first on Wednesday and another Sept. 19–are scheduled by planning district officials in the Northern Neck. Both aim ...

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Frack workers exposed to carcinogenic benzene


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has revealed that workers on hydraulic fracturing operations are exposed to dangerous levels of Benzene, a chemical compound that increases their risk of contracting blood cancers like leukemia. NIOSH worked with industry leaders in Colorado and Wyoming to measure benzene exposure to ...

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Fracking may endanger groundwater in California

Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday. The report found that half of the oil wells fracked in the state lie within 2,000 feet of the surface, close to aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing uses a high-pressure blend of water, ...

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Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern


John Cox | Bakersfield Californian The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state. The review by the nonpartisan California Council on Science and Technology found no instances of groundwater ...

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Oil and gas companies combat noise levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Hay bales are becoming as commonplace as drilling rigs in Colorado according to a recent report by Fuel Fix. To combat the noise levels created by the hydraulic fracturing process, which are continually moving closer to people’s residences, oil and gas companies have been using sound walls and stacks of hay bales to help ...

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