Study: High levels of Pollutants From Drilling Waste Found in Pa. Rivers

Power Source By Don Hopey New scientific sampling and analysis has found high concentrations of ammonium and iodide, two potentially hazardous pollutants, in oil and gas well drilling wastewater discharged into streams and rivers in Pennsylvania and other states. The peer-reviewed study, which will be published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, […]

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Energy firm to pay $1M over issues at Pa. gas well

Philly.com PITTSBURGH (AP) – A landslide, wastewater spill and other issues at a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas drilling site are resulting in a $1 million fine. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1v9mdrt ) that Vantage Energy of Englewood, Colorado, has to pay the money immediately and clean up the site by the end of 2015. […]

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Why Climate Change Isn’t a Sputnik Moment

Slate By  Sharon E. Burke and Sharon Squassoni This article originally appeared in New America’s Weekly Wonk. On Thursday, Jan. 15, Future Tense—a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University—will hold an event in Washington, D.C., titled “How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?” For more information and to RSVP, visit the […]

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Gas Field Drillers, Activists Seek Statewide Rules for Wells

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral There are more regulations for cutting hair than for drilling water wells in Pennsylvania. To cut hair, you must hold a cosmetologist degree, pass an exam and get a license that outlines how you can practice. To drill a well and install a water pump, you need only register drilling […]

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Report Claims Oil, Gas Drillers More Open About Fracking Risks

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral EQT Corp. and Range Resources Corp. were among companies that improved reporting about the risks to the environment and communities from hydraulic fracturing in a scorecard from a group that pushes corporations to be more environmentally responsible. But the report released Thursday by the coalition of investment companies and shareholder […]

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Rail Shipments of Oil Here to Stay, IHS Finds

UPI By Daniel Graeber CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 12 (UPI) – More than 10 percent of the oil transported in North American will be carried on the region’s rail system at its peak, analysis from IHS Energy finds. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries finds the world needing less of its crude oil in part because […]

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Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market

Fuel Fix By Bloomberg The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets. Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers. The growth in sales follows a tripling of […]

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Marcellus Shale Gas Boom Means More … Mulch?

Power Source By Daniel Moore Atop a mountain of wood chips, Eric Vaccarello pointed down at the newest arrival to his sprawling plant. A dump truck, stacked full with junked wooden pallets, rolled up to one of the several chippers on site. “All of that,” said Mr. Vaccarallo, gesturing toward the spraying wood chips, “will […]

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Cold-Weather Rally Masks Massive Supply in Natural Gas

Market Watch By James Cordier Last month, we published a column on our blogadvising to look for an autumn rally in natural-gas prices as an opportunity to sell calls. That rally not only came right on cue, it has inflated call premium more than we expected. The stark contrast of the current price rally compared […]

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Waterless Fracking Comes to Tuscarawas County

Inde Online By Jon Baker A Canadian company that specializes in waterless fracking is putting its technology to use in the Utica Shale play in Tuscarawas County. Besides saving water, the new technology has the potential to give energy companies access to the oil trapped deep underground in the Utica play. GasFrac Energy Services uses […]

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