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Fracking’s dormant health risk

Sand used for fracking is continuing to pose a serious danger to oil field workers, and newly proposed regulations by the government are actually hindering the issue, not helping it, according to Nancy Lofholm of the Denver Post. Three years ago, government overseers of workplace safety first noted the sand problem and even issued a hazard alert a year later ...

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One dead following fracking accident near Mead

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One person is confirmed dead and two people sustained serious injuries Thursday morning following a fracking accident at a rig site in Weld County. Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on scene investigating the accident. According to initial reports, the death and injuries were caused by a high-pressure water valve that either ruptured or exploded, said agency spokesman Sean Standridge. ...

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Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit filed Monday in Madison County Circuit Court seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to implement a state law to regulate ...

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America – an Energy Superpower

Benefits of the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Boom are Permanent, Says Citi. Forbes: The return of the U.S. as an energy superpower will not be a short-term event with the economic benefits likely to last “at least two generations”, according to the latest research from Citi. That is one of the key findings in a report from the commodities team ...

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County holds off on fracking due to low oil prices

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Officials in northeast Ohio say drilling in shale deposits is on hold due to decreasing oil prices. The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports that although geographic studies have shown there are large shale deposits throughout Ashtabula county, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on hold due to economic reasons. State Rep. John Patterson of Jefferson tells the newspaper that ...

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Aurora, Colo. residents’ concerns aren’t going away


Residents in Aurora, Colo. are still not happy with ConocoPhillips, despite the oil giant catering to their suggestions, according to the Aurora Sentinel. ConocoPhillips began leasing land for drilling in Aurora back in 2012. They currently own six of the eight well sites that have been approved for drilling by city planners, with two of the sites under current production. ...

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Astorino postpones tour of Penn. fracking site

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Republican candidate for governor in New York is putting off a visit to a Pennsylvania drilling site designed to highlight the benefits of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A spokeswoman for Rob Astorino says the drilling operator didn’t want reporters to be included and that the visit will be postponed until after Election Day. Astorino is ...

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Local bans on fracking up for vote in Utica Shale


In this fall’s midterm races, hydraulic fracturing enjoys political support from many conservatives and liberals. President Barack Obama often touts it as a reason for new found energy independence. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger, have generally disagreed only on how to tax it. Yet pockets of resistance to the extraction technique commonly known ...

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Fracking chemicals sidestep water law


Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater. But a loophole ...

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