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Reno protest planned for BLM oil, gas sales

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RENO, Nev. — Fracking opponents plan a protest outside the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Reno where the agency is scheduled to auction off oil and gas leases for about 100 land parcels covering nearly 300 square miles of northeast Nevada. Conservationists, tribal leaders and others say the energy exploration using hydraulic fracturing threatens groundwater as well as habitat ...

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‘Not One Well’ gas campaign launched


ALBANY — A coalition of groups opposed to the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing have launched the “Not One Well” campaign. The effort is designed to head off the possibility Gov. Andrew Cuomo might approve a limited pilot program to allow fracked wells in Southern Tier communities with the approval of local elected officials. The option ...

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Oasis buys Williston water for fracking

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Last week The Williston City Commission approved an agreement between Oasis Petroleum and the city to sell its wastewater to the company. The wastewater will be used for the hydraulic fracturing process. This contract will bring in approximately $110,000 to the city. Oasis expects to buy 440,000 barrels of wastewater. This arrangement will be positive for the city because, according ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Shale Plays Media


Happy Thanksgiving from Shale Plays Media! We wrote you all a sonnet to warm your heart for the holiday. Have a wonderful day!   When fall dies over boomtowns the pump jacks nod, a creaking sound and the gas flares sit upon a mound. Wearing a hardhat, not a crown roughnecks drive their pickups down to their families, homeward bound. ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking amid a natural wonder


The National Forest Service appears ready to open one of the final wild places on the East Coast to hydraulic fracturing, a heavy industry with a troubling environmental record. The move would be a betrayal of the agency’s mission, pose a threat to clean water in much of the mid-Atlantic and undo generations of effort to protect an unspoiled section ...

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Finding Common Ground About What’s Underground


Last week’s election was remarkable for many reasons, including the decision by Denton residents to ban hydraulic fracturing in their community. The first of its kind in Texas, this vote has caused a bit of an uproar. As the state’s primary regulator of the oil and gas industry, the Railroad Commission of Texas is focused on fulfilling its charter and ...

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Largest ‘shale-quake’ in Kansas reported


It has recently been suggested that wastewater injection wells, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, are directly linked to a strange surge of earthquake activity across the country.  Parallel to its increase in well drilling, there has recently been an increase in earthquake activity in Kansas and Oklahoma. Yesterday portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas experienced a 4.8 magnitude earthquake, one ...

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Drillers draw 136 million gallons of water from three Ohio lakes for Utica Shale wells


Drillers in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale have withdrawn nearly 136 million gallons of water from three reservoirs in 2014. The water was taken from Piedmont, Clendening and Seneca lakes, according to a new report from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. That volume — a 22.5 percent increase from 2013’s total water sales of 111 million gallons — is comparable to ...

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The gavel in distress: Larimer County judge denies request


A Larimer County judge has denied the city of Fort Collins’ request to stay his decision overturning the city’s 5-year fracking ban, according to Erin Udell of The Coloradoan. The decision was made last week. This decision comes only three months after another Larimer County judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The moratorium would have stopped new wells ...

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State agency to continue drill permits in Denton

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AUSTIN, Texas— The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing. The Dallas Morning News reports Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christ Craddick made the comments at a Thursday event sponsored by the Texas Tribune. She says she’ll continue issuing permits to companies that ...

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