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Former Interior Secretary to tell energy companies to make better case to public on fracking

Ken Salazar

WASHINGTON — Keeping America’s bright energy future depends, in part, on oil and gas companies convincing the public that their drilling methods are safe, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will tell landowners and industry representatives gathered in Houston on Wednesday. Salazar is set to speak at the North American Prospect Expo, a conference marked by a frenzy of wheeling and ...

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Hurt by drought, NM farmers are selling off water intended for irrigation to oil & gas companies — for fracking


CARLSBAD — New Mexico’s prolonged drought has some Eddy County farmers selling off water to the oil and gas industry. Lack of water over recent years has made agricultural ventures less desirable for individual water rights holders across Southeastern New Mexico, prompting many to instead sell the water to oil and gas companies to be used for hydraulic fracturing. While ...

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EDITORIAL: Conservation, not fracking


The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is supposed to protect private property through conservation easements, in which a landowner trades development rights for tax credits and other financial benefits. The state-chartered organization says its 3,700 easements cover more than 725,000 acres, including 550,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The foundation has granted easements for nearly 50 years. Two years ago, according ...

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Railroad com’ish: Natural gas offers economic, environmental benefits

natural gas world

Natural gas and crude oil from shale plays have been a game-changer for the nation’s oil and gas industry, said Railroad Commissioner David Porter. In Midland on Thursday to address the Natural Gas Producers Group, Porter noted that unconventional oil and natural gas production is expected to add $197 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2015, growing to ...

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Festival yanks pro-fracking documentary; will show films critical of industry


A Minnesota film festival is being accused of pushing a political agenda by yanking a pro-fracking documentary from its lineup while keeping two anti-fracking films on the program. Organizers of the Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, Minn., decided last week to cut “FrackNation,” a widely discussed 2013 documentary about hydraulic fracturing, reportedly citing concerns about the film’s financial links ...

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ODNR officials preview new oil and gas regs


NILES — Two top Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials previewed a set of sweeping new rules aimed at regulating the oil and gas industry as a ramp-up in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is set to begin. The rules, divided into a series of packages, will govern a wide range of drilling activity, including well-pad construction, permitting, processing and recycling, ...

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Judge tosses Sidney’s fracking moratorium


Lawyers on both sides of the controversy over whether municipalities can zone out gas drilling in New York are debating the significance of a Delaware County Court ruling that tossed out the town of Sidney’s nearly year-old moratorium against fracking. The decision, handed down Jan. 9 by Acting Delaware County Supreme Court Judge John Lambert, stopped short of dealing with ...

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NC fracking panel passes chemical disclosure rule

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RALEIGH — Fracking companies won the right to keep secret the chemical cocktails they pump underground during shale gas drilling in North Carolina under a chemical disclosure rule approved Tuesday by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The public safety standard will help the energy companies protect their secret sauce used in natural gas drilling, but critics said it would ...

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Debra Winger presents anti-fracking doc at Nevada City’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Words matter to Debra Winger. Like “frack,” the gas-industry diminutive for hydraulic fracturing that does not sound attractive in any context. “That word is a gift that can never be repaid,” Winger, calling from New York City, said with a laugh. Her voice carries the same raspy playfulness of her 1980s Hollywood heyday, deepened with time. “We could not have ...

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