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After a year, WVU fracking project a ‘success’

A new state-of-0the-art low emission coil tubing assisted fracture stimulation system was used to hydraulically fracture one of the new production wells. The other production well will use a more traditional plug and perforation design. These two wells will be studied and compared and will offer a direct comparison of the well treatment methods. (Image courtesy Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Those involved in a West Virginia University fracking project are praising its success after the first year. The Exponent Telegram reports WVU began the Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory project last June. The study is meant to give a look at the hydraulic fracking process over five years. Those involved in the project say it has ...

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Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban

Welcome to Friendsville, Maryland. (Image: J. Stephen Conn via Flickr)

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part ...

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Texas lawmakers champion local control, to a point

The Texas State Capitol taken from the north side, with the underground extension rotunda in the foreground. (Image: Dave Wilson via Flickr)

DALLAS (AP) — Texas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times, costing millions of dollars, for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states’ rights. But when cities across Texas have attempted to pass laws on issues from fracking bans to regulating ride-hailing companies, state lawmakers time and again have moved to quash those ...

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State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and ...

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