Last month’s Environmental Protection Agency draft report on fracking’s impact on U.S. drinking water served up a sound-bite gift to the energy industry for its fight against the spread of state and local fracking bans. DC Bureau, District of Columbia. 8 July 2015 [http://www.dcbureau.org/]
Different laws, attitudes at work in states’ approaches to shale gas. (Scranton Times-Tribune)
Proceed as Usual
Following New York’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, the technique deemed too risky north of the Pennsylvania border will proceed as usual in the commonwealth. Hazleton Standard Speaker, Pennsylvania. 8 July 2015 [http://thedailyreview.com/news/different-laws-attitudes-at-work-in-states-approaches-to-shale-gas-1.1908656]
Grey County takes a stand against fracking.
Grey County has decided to be proactive when it comes to fracking. Owen Sound Sun Times, Ontario. 8 July 2015 [http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2015/07/07/grey-county-takes-a-stand-against-fracking]
Refracking is the new fracking.
If the word fracking has carved out a spot in the lexicon of Americans as the nation advances toward energy independence, then refracking, as roughnecks have begun calling it, could be next. Bloomberg News 7 July 2015 [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-06/refracking-fever-sweeps-across-shale-industry-after-oil-collapse]
New York’s fracking ban starts the clock for lawsuits.
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration officially banned large-scale hydraulic fracturing Monday, it finally put an end to a seven-year review process. For now. Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, New York. 6 July 2015 [http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/fracking/2015/07/05/fracking-ban-sets-lawsuits/29737653/]
Anti-fracking ‘bill of rights’ template loses again.
The template for community bill of rights protections against oil and gas fracking and related activities lost another Ohio court case last week. Athens News, Ohio. 6 July 2015 [http://www.athensnews.com/news/local/anti-fracking-bill-of-rights-template-loses-again/article_9aa119dc-2337-11e5-b7a0-27b6f6965842.html]
Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks.
The inside of a Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory. Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania to measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere. Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania. 6 July 2015 [http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150706_Airborne_lab_seeks_fracking_leaks.html]
Anti-fracking Nanas: ‘The government is all out for shale – we’re all out to stop it.’
How a headscarf-wearing group of women faced up to Cuadrilla and became the frontline against fracking in Lancashire. The Guardian 6 July 2015 [http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/03/nanas-shale-cuadrilla-fracking-lancashire]
Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say.
The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say. The Guardian 5 July 2015 [http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/05/fracking-injection-chemicals-drinking-water-transparency]
A smart ban on fracking.
New York had a choice: Whether to prohibit fracking, or allow this state to become a living laboratory for an unconventional drilling process whose safety remains in question. With the finalization of a ban on fracking this week, New York chose wisely. Albany Times Union, New York. 4 July 2015 [http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/Editorial-A-wise-ban-on-fracking-6358931.php]
There will be blood.
The ingenuity of America’s shale industry is admirable, the state of its finances awful. Economist 3 July 2015 [http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21656707-ingenuity-americas-shale-industry-admirable-state-its-finances-awful-there-will]
Editor comments: Short-sellers vs. the oil pioneers, with oil price as the wild card. -DF
Oklahoma case could open doors to more earthquake-fracking lawsuits.
State Supreme Court’s to decision to allow Sandra Ladra to sue energy companies over quakes could encourage others to step forward with liability cases. InsideClimate News 3 July 2015 [http://www.insideclimatenews.org/news/02072015/oklahoma-case-could-open-doors-more-earthquake-fracking-lawsuits-oil-gas-drilling]
Public deserves more information about drilling-related health complaints.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s own documents show the agency is falling down on the job when it comes to fracking-related health complaints. Pottstown Mercury, Pennsylvania. 3 July 2015 [http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150629/OPINION/150629438]
California issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules.
State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. Los Angeles Times 2 July 2015 [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-state-issues-fracking-rules-20150701-story.html]
What’s normal for fracking? Estimating total radioactivity of produced fluids.
In this issue of EHP, researchers estimate total reactivity for a mixture of isotopes present in liquid fracking waste from the Marcellus Shale. Environmental Health Perspectives 2 July 2015 [http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/123-a186/]
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says.
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time. The Guardian 2 July 2015 [http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/01/fracking-could-hurt-house-prices-health-and-environment-official-report-says]
Fractivists say New York’s ban is influencing moratorium decisions elsewhere.
There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York. Northeast Public Radio, New York. 2 July 2015 [http://wxxinews.org/post/fractivists-say-nys-ban-influencing-moratorium-decisions-elsewhere]