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EPA releases update on study of hydraulic fracturing

  As the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technologies has increased in the United States, so have concerns about its impacts on human health and the environment. In response, the US Congress has requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to … Continue reading

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Proposed rule changes for hydraulic fracturing in Texas

  Last week, we posted a blog article discussing the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process as well as environmental concerns associated with the practice. Although there is no conclusive evidence that the fracturing of shale formations poses hazards to the environment, … Continue reading

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Interview with J.B. Bleckley – founder of Banks Environmental Data

  The Banks Group has been in business now for over 30 years. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with J.B. Bleckley – founder, president, and CEO of Banks Environmental Data – to talk about how the company … Continue reading

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Oil sheen spotted near BP Deepwater Horizon drill rig

  Using satellite images to monitor the Deepwater Horizon drill rig that exploded over two years ago, BP spotted a previously undetected oil sheen on September 16. When the sheen was first discovered, the source was unknown. Monitoring the sheen … Continue reading

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Part 2: Department of Energy releases 2012 Unconventional Resources R&D Plan

  This week I’ll dig a little deeper into the recent Department of Energy report to Congress: 2012 Annual Plan Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program. The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 set in … Continue reading

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Introducing Environmental Prose: Insights on environmental due diligence

Hello! I see you are reading our new blog – you have excellent taste. Now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering what this is all about. A few of us at Banks wanted to create a platform where we can … Continue reading

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