Post Tagged with: "Hydraulic Fracturing"

DOE report blames natural gas for closures
Coal / Energy

DOE report blames natural gas for closures

WASHINGTON, DC — “A long-awaited Energy Department staff report on electricity markets and reliability singles out natural gas — not renewables or environmental regulations — as the leading driver of coal plant closures in this decade, challenging the Trump administration’s case for saving coal. ‘The biggest contributor to coal and […]

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter
Oil & Gas

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shale oil production continued its slide in the fourth quarter, while natural gas numbers increased, as energy companies focus their efforts on parts of the state that are rich with gas. The new figures, issued on Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, show oil production […]

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Kelly Malony, USGS)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking fluid is leaking more often that we thought

HARLAN, IA — “Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New […]

The Department of Energy last month embraced a change in how it calculates the value of renewable energy, such as wind power, on the electric grid. Photo by OLC Fiber, courtesy of Flickr.
Renewable Energy

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Drillers silence fracking claims with sealed settlements

NEW YORK, NY — “In cases from Wyoming to Arkansas, Pennsylvania to Texas, drillers have agreed to cash settlements or property buyouts with people who say hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, ruined their water, according to a review by Bloomberg News of hundreds of regulatory and legal filings. In […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Illinois’ flawed fracking law is everyone’s problem, ecologist says

SPRINGFIELD, IL — “What happens in Illinois, doesn’t stay in Illinois. That was the message last week of acclaimed scientist and author Sandra Steingraber, who joined the growing local uprising’s last ditch effort to pass a moratorium on the controversial hydraulic gas drilling operations until the state could conduct a […]

Boulder approves one-year fracking moratorium
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Boulder approves one-year fracking moratorium

BOULDER, CO — “Boulder City Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved a one-year fracking moratorium, blocking oil and gas drilling permits in the city and on Boulder-owned open space properties. Several council members also said they are warm to the idea of bringing forward a ballot measure in November to […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Hauler illegally dumped fracking waste, state says

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio company that hauls fracking waste from Utica shale wells ceased operations yesterday after state officials accused it of illegal dumping. Employees for Harch Environmental Resources dumped fracking waste and oil-based mud down a hill to a private pond in Belmont County on May 16, according to […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Gas industry building database of water test results, but won’t make it public

HARRISBURG, PA — “More than two years ago the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas industry trade group, began building an electronic database to house information about the water quality in thousands of private wells across Pennsylvania. It’s made up of ‘pre-drill’ or baseline data– critical information that helps establish whether drilling […]

New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water

OCATE, NM — “Sitting in the tidy living room of the home they built themselves, Sandra and Roger Alcon inventory what they see as the bounty of their lives: freedom, family, community, land, animals … and water. ‘We’ve lived off the land for five generations,’ said Roger Alcon, 63, looking […]