Category Archives: Hydraulic fracturing

BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Expected September 2015

This past March the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new rules on hydraulic fracturing activities on federally managed lands. The BLM oversees and performs regulatory duties on around 700 million subsurface acres of federal mineral estates and 56 … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Water Use in Fracking

Our city of Austin has seen a much wetter summer than many of us expected. That being said, drought and water use continue to be major issues across the country. The USGS recently released a study on water use in … Continue reading

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EPA releases fracking report for public comment

This week the EPA released its draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The findings are now available for public comment and expert peer review.

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Texas House Bill 40 would ban local fracking bans

The Texas Legislature introduced House Bill 40 this week. The House Committee on Energy Resources voted 10-1 to approve the legislation for consideration by the full House. HB40 is among a number of bills filed after Denton residents voted a … Continue reading

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First federal fracking regulations in 30 years

The regulation of hydraulic fracturing has recently been seen as a local and state government issue. After more than 30 years however, the Obama administration has unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations. According to the Interior Department, the new … Continue reading

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Debate heating up over Denton ban on fracking

Last week residents of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city limits. This decision drew national attention and seemed to produce equal amounts of enthusiasm and unrest. The next day, officials at the Texas General … Continue reading

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Source of water well contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania identified

The recent US shale boom has spurred economic growth but it has also generated a public debate about whether the hydraulic fracturing methods of extracting the fossil fuels cause water, air, or other environmental degradation. This week, the Proceedings of … Continue reading

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EPA seeking comments on proposal to require disclosure of fracking fluids

The EPA is seeking comments on a proposal that would require or incentivize the voluntary disclosure of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Non-disclosure of fracking fluids has been a hot topic in recent years and people still debate … Continue reading

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Railway accidents involving crude oil raise alarms

The Bakken area is one of the largest crude oil producing regions in the United States. The recent surge of production in the Bakken region is due to the increased use of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and gas from … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Texas hears arguments for underground trespassing case

On January 7, 2014, the Texas State Supreme Court heard arguments on a controversial case, the ramifications of which could have far reaching consequences for the state’s oil and gas industry. The issue at hand is what has become known … Continue reading

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Mexican drug cartels: A big fracking problem

Earlier this week on Wednesday, the NAFTA summit was held in Toluca, Mexico where President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met to discuss a wide array of economic and political issues. Saving the … Continue reading

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North Dakota’s Bakken Shale seen from the sky

Last week we showed how the landscape has evolved in the booming oil town of Williston, North Dakota by looking at historical aerial photos. In this week’s post I decided to strap you in the passenger seat of a Cessna … Continue reading

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North Dakota shale play driving demand for environmental due diligence

The North Dakota shale boom is an exciting spectacle to behold. I traveled there last spring and was amazed by the new opportunities and tremendous amount of activity. As I drove into Williston, I was amazed to see so much … Continue reading

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Revised BLM rules for fracking on federal and tribal lands

The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an updated draft of the proposed new rule governing fracking on federal and tribal lands: oil and gas, well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, on federal and Indian lands. … Continue reading

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