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NC legislature gives fracking final approval

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Bruce Henderson, Charlotte Observer North Carolina’s legislature, in a fast flurry Thursday, approved the state’s issuing permits for fracking for natural gas. Turning down a string of Democratic amendments, the North Carolina House gave the bill final approval on a 64-50 vote. Hours later the Senate agreed to the House changes, 33-12, without debate. With Gov. Pat McCrory’s expected signature, ...

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Doctors to Cuomo: Ban NY fracking


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A coalition of medical professionals will call on New York lawmakers this week to enact a long-term moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The group is comprised of over a dozen medical organizations as well as hundreds of doctors, health professionals and researchers. It will call on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner ...

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NC House votes to approve fracking, 63-52


Paul Woolverton, Fayetteville Observer RALEIGH — The state House voted 63-52 this evening to allow gas companies to begin fracking for natural gas in 2015. The vote was a preliminary approval, with the final House vote scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Lawmakers anticipate that the controversial gas mining technique could begin in the second half of 2015. Critics say fracking will ...

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A bright future for the Permian Basin

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Permian Basin’s tight oil plays are expected to lead the US in production according to new data and estimates. According to new statistics from Rystad Energy, an independent oil and gas consulting service and business intelligence data firm, the Permian Basin’s “tight” play is expected to pull ahead of all other U.S. tight ...

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Bill to jump start Ill. hydraulic fracturing dies


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois lawmaker says legislation that would have jump started hydraulic fracturing in Illinois doesn’t have enough votes to move forward. State Rep. David Reis is a Willow Hill Republican. He made the comments at the state Capitol Wednesday. The proposal to skip a rulemaking process by the Department of Natural Resources was filed last week near the one-year anniversary of ...

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With drilling on horizon, opponents prepare for fight

By Andrew Barksdale, Fayetteville Observer  As the General Assembly moves to allow natural gas exploration by next year, opposition groups are preparing to bring the fight over fracking to communities across the state.They will rely on door-to-door canvassing, petitions and television ads describing the risks of inviting the industry into North Carolina. With little hope of derailing drilling through the Republican-controlled state ...

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North Carolina Senate outlaws disclosure of fracking fluid secrets


(Reuters) – The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted to make it a crime to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even as big U.S. oil companies elsewhere consider releasing more information about the fluids to address public concerns about the environment. The legislation, proposed by three Republican state senators and passed by a vote of 35-12, ...

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NM Watchdog: Udall joins Dems urging Obama to fast-track LNG terminals

By Rob Nikolewski, Carlsbad Current Argus N.M. SANTA FE–  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, normally enjoys strong support from environmentalists in his home state but conservation groups are not happy with a recent letter Udall and four other Senate Democrats sent to President Obama urging the administration fast-track development of liquefied natural gas terminals. “This is terrible,” said Eleanor Bravo, ...

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North Dakota regulator calls Bakken ‘an exclusive club’

Oil Production on the rise

Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s top energy industry regulator says he expects April’s oil production figures to be over 1 million barrels daily. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms spoke on Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, which has drawn more than 4,000 people for three days of events. He says he expects oil production ...

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