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Doctor loses lawsuit that challenged secrecy of fracking fluid

A federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an area physician challenging a law that precluded him from releasing information he obtained regarding chemicals contained in hydraulic fracking fluid. Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez of Dallas challenged Act 13 of 2012, which allows medical professionals to learn the ingredients in fracking fluid if the information is used ...

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Eagle Ford’s guardian angel

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, there’s a new environmental regulator in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. But it’s not a subset of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or even a rouge group of environmentalists. One 78 year-old nun has taken on the task of making sure oil operations go smoothly without the cost ...

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NC fracking rules take effect Tuesday, clearing way for permits

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday, creating the potential for drilling to start later in the year. The set of 120 rules that govern issues including well construction, water testing and buffer zones was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and ...

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Romania: Proposal to ban fracking, rejected

BUCHAREST – Senators have rejected, on Wednesday, the legislative proposal to ban the exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons through the use of drilling followed by hydraulic fracturing of rock layers. The legislative proposal was initiated by several People’s Party — Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD) MPs and independent deputy Remus Cernea and provided for a ban on the exploration and exploitation of ...

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North Dakota rigs take a big hit from oil’s steep fall

The number of oil-drilling rigs in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in six years, triggering an estimated 3,000-4,000 oil field job losses that could get worse, a top state official said Thursday. “It is becoming painful out there in the oil patch,” Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said on a monthly ...

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Texas earthquakes linked to oil, gas development

For more than 100 years, people have questioned whether taking oil and gas from the depths of the earth can cause tremors. When an earthquake shook Austin in 1902, some thought an explosion in the oilfields of Spindletop, in southern Beaumont, might be to blame. The 1902 earthquake was naturally occurring. But the link between human activity and earthquakes is ...

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Maine voters asked to ban fracking

SOLON – Voters at the Town Meeting on Saturday will be asked if they want to become the first town in Maine to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The measure’s intent is to protect the town’s water resources, but the state geologist said no fracking is going on in Maine because there are no known gas and oil ...

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Editorial: So much unknown as drilling permitting begins

In less than two weeks, the permitting process for hydraulic fracturing to explore for fossil fuels can begin in North Carolina. What’s going to happen depends a lot on whom you ask. “I believe there will be holes drilled in the ground before the end of the year,” says James Womack, a member of the state Mining and Energy Commission ...

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Fracking: Oil company sues to overturn San Benito County fracking ban; could affect other counties

An oil company has sued to block San Benito County’s voter-approved fracking ban in a move that could affect the growing trend of California cities and counties’ efforts to stop the controversial oil drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing. In the lawsuit, Citadel Exploration, based in Newport Beach, is attempting to overturn Measure J, approved by 59 percent of San Benito ...

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