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Pipelines vs. rail tank cars

President Obama’s veto of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has major ramifications for North America’s energy future. But it also has intensified the debate about whether it is safer to transport crude oil via pipelines or railroad tank cars. Though statistics show pipelines are safer, more efficient at moving product, and, thus, release fewer climate-altering greenhouse gases than an equivalent ...

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Editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice. If it showed a need for tougher laws, the Agoura Hills Democrat said she would lead the charge. The facts are trickling in, and Pavley may want to start looking for ...

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America split dead even on hydraulic fracturing

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On the coat tails of the recent hydraulic fracturing regulation for federal and tribal lands, a recent Gallup poll has given some insight to America’s general perception on fracking operation in general. The recent poll found a 40 to 40 percent even split between those who favor the procedure to those who oppose it. While a substantial 19 percent have ...

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In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk

REPORTING FROM WINDSOR, N.Y. – From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a bittersweet view. The rolling hills a few miles away are as green as the ones here, and the Susquehanna River is icy and beautiful on both sides of the state line as it ...

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North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is considering challenging a new federal fracking rule for U.S. government lands. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique. A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids. ...

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Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

BOULDER, Colo. — The Daily Camera reports researchers are taking to the air to measure trace gas emissions over production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming, and the Four Corners area. Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the ...

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Refining oil, gas rules underway

There’s been no interest in Pueblo County by oil or natural gas companies for a long while, but the county’s planning department is putting together a separate list of regulations for wells just the same. Joan Armstrong, director of planning for Pueblo County, said her staff is still drafting potential regulations for oil and gas drilling in Pueblo County. But ...

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Final federal fracking rules causing chaos in the industry

On Friday the Obama Administration released what the U.S. Department of Interior deemed the “Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands.” The new regulations primarily address well integrity, water protection and the long-awaited detailing of chemical disclosure. While many environmental organizations claim the new standards are merely paper tigers, numerous voices, including congressional ...

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Obama administration puts out fracking rules for federal lands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued its first major fracking rules Friday with standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, requiring disclosure of chemicals and covered storage of waste. While the vast majority of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, happens on state and private lands, there are more than 90,000 oil and gas wells fracked on federally managed lands. ...

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U.S. to set fracking standards on federal land

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Friday is due to unveil rules for oil companies that frack on federal land, included beefed-up safety measures, but won’t likely require strict oversight as environmental groups want, according to sources. The standards have been in the works for more than three years and gone through several drafts with environmentalists and the energy industry ...

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