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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PennEast Won’t Pay Property Taxes in PA.

Morning Call By Scott Kraus Michelle Trivigno has been busy lately consulting tax tables. The Delaware Township, N.J., tax collector is trying to figure out the amount of tax revenue that will flow to the township each year if the $1 billion PennEast natural gas transmission line is built as planned in 2017. PennEast projects […]

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Disagreement On Legal Authority Complicates Local Fracking Bans

Power Source By Daniel Moore Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures. The ballot issues highlight the disparity in responses […]

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Energy industry, Texas sue Denton over fracking ban

by Max B. Baker Less than 24 hours after Denton voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the state’s General Land Office filed lawsuits to stop the city’s effort to prohibit the controversial drilling method. Both the association and the land office acted shortly after the courthouse doors […]

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Following fracking scandal, state Rep. Jesse White loses House seat

by Mrie Cusick A Pittsburgh area Democrat and vocal fracking critic lost his state House seat last night. Rep. Jesse White (D- Allegheny) was caught last year in an online bullying scandal by Pittsburgh’s local CBS affiliate. In May 2013 the TV station reported White had been using pseudonyms to bully online commenters who express support for shale […]

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Oil, gas interests sue Denton over fracking ban

By Chuck Lindell The measure, supported by 59 percent of voters Tuesday, bars hydraulic fracturing — a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped under high pressure to crack open the Barnett Shale deposits that have fueled much of the Texas oil and gas boom. Advocates of the statute complained that fracking pollutes […]

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Denton fracking ban quickly draws two lawsuits after passing

by James Osborne and Marissa Barnett A day after voters decided to make Denton the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the reaction by the energy industry and government was swift. By 9:09 a.m. Wednesday, both the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office had filed lawsuits to prevent […]

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Wireless Seismic facing patent infringement suit

Fuel Fix by Ryan Holeywell Wireless Seismic, the Sugar Land-based company with investment from energy giants Total and Chesapeake, is facing a federal lawsuit alleging that it’s infringing on a rival firm’s patents. On Tuesday, the company was featured in the Houston Chronicle. A day later, U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison signed an order […]

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