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K.G. board, residents focus on gas fracking


Cathy Dyson | The Free Lance-Star King George County residents and officials alike are attempting to educate themselves about fracking, but in different ways. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of injecting water, chemicals and sand deep into the ground to fracture the rock and release trapped natural gas. A Texas company has leased 84,000 acres in King George ...

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DEP details plan to split drilling rules


Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG — A clause tucked into a Pennsylvania budget bill that directs the Department of Environmental Protection to split apart its regulations for traditional and shale gas wells will set back a major revision of the state’s oil and gas rules, but agency officials say it will not require them to start over. A fiscal ...

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Denton leaders submit fracking ban to the voters

Max B. Baker | Fort Worth Star-Telegram DENTON — The Denton City Council, after a marathon meeting that included about seven hours of testimony where impassioned citizens talked about the dangers of fracking, voted early Wednesday morning to allow voters to decide if they want to ban the controversial drilling method. If passed by the voters on the Nov. 4 ballot, ...

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Effort to put anti-fracking measure on ballot fails

Megan Schrader | The Colorado Springs Gazette DENVER – Backers of a proposed ballot question to increase local regulation over the oil and gas industry threw in the towel Monday, admitting the group was unlikely to collect almost 86,000 signatures by the Aug. 4 deadline. The Colorado Community Rights Network was relying almost exclusively on volunteers to collect signatures to ...

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Feds to rule soon on pipe


Rick Karlin | Times Union ALBANY — Proponents of a proposed $750 million pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to a Schoharie County pumping station are hoping a key federal decision on the project could come as soon as this summer. “We’re optimistic,” said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams Partners, which, along with Cabot Energy and a consortium ...

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McCrory outlines visions for energy, transportation


Sue Book | Sun Journal MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina’s governor hopes to move the state forward with help from natural gas energy from offshore drilling, fracking and a pipeline from Pennsylvania. Just back from the National Governors Association meeting where he was named to the organization’s nine-member executive board, McCrory was welcomed to Morehead City Monday by Mayor Jerry ...

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Judge tosses challenges to state’s delay on fracking


Joe Mahoney | Oneonta Daily Star Advocates for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York suffered a new legal setback Monday when a state judge dismissed twin lawsuits alleging that state officials are abusing their power by delaying a decision on drilling regulations. Acting Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough ruled that the plaintiffs in the case, the Joint Landowners ...

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Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

Emily Schmall | Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is ...

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Horizontal drilling, the real marvel of innovation

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Many times, the terms hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drillings are used interchangeably. However, even though the pairing of the two have led the shale boom, according to John Kemp of Reuters who quoted Forbes magazine contributor, David Blackmon, horizontal drilling is “the real marvel of engineering and scientific innovation.” To drill an economically sensible ...

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Denton, Texas to decide fracturing’s fate on Tuesday

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Denton is now ground zero in the battle between the Texas petroleum industry and anti-frackers. For months, the North Texas town has danced around reaching a decision to be either the first town in Texas to ban fracking altogether within city limits or take another route of regulation. Currently, Denton has a terminable agreement ...

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