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Proposed statewide ballot measure would give Colo. communities power to ban fracking


A movement is underway to put a ballot measure before Colorado voters in November that would give local governments across the state the power to protect the health and safety of residents by banning or restricting oil and gas drilling and other industrial activities currently permitted by state law. The effort, which would be an amendment to the state constitution ...

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Nuclear fracking tried in NM


OPPONENTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING — fracking — for natural gas might have one thing to be grateful for: Development of that technology may have helped save them from nuclear fracking. It’s not a joke, even though it sounds like something you might hear on “Saturday Night Live.” Back in the ’50s and ’60s, after the atomic bomb had shown its ...

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Study finds fracking for natural gas saves water


CARLSBAD — The Permian Basin, which stretches from West Texas into Southeast New Mexico, was one of the first proving grounds for the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. The recent economic boom in the area can be attributed to the growth of the oil and gas industry, which produced 1,405.2 trillion British thermal units of natural gas in 2011 ...

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First criminal case against a Shale firm opens

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A former state environmental inspector indicated Wednesday that there was evidence of previous, unreported spills on a Marcellus Shale gas drilling site where he discovered toxic wastewater gushing onto the ground in 2010. Jeremy Daniel, 32, an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at the time, said he found puddles of wastewater, sand, and a ...

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Natural gas report indicated hidden environmental risks

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Posted at Marcellus.com  by: Rachel Morgan, Beaver County Times, Pa. WASHINGTON, D.C. — There could be hidden environmental impacts of replacing coal with natural gas, a new report says. While burning shale gas instead of coal in power plants releases less than half the greenhouse gas emissions than coal, the shale boom also has set into motion additional sources of ...

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House GOP unveils fracking plan


COLUMBUS — Nearly two years after Gov. John Kasich’s more ambitious plan was declared dead on arrival in the Ohio General Assembly, House Republicans have unveiled an industry-backed plan to tax growing shale oil and gas drilling occurring largely in eastern Ohio. But unlike Mr. Kasich’s plan, the new severance tax rate would not translate into a penny-for-penny income-tax cut ...

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Snow and cold temps slow ND oil production


Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters. By hindering transportation to wells and slowing the hydraulic fracturing process, severe winter weather slows production. The No. 1 cause of the slowdown in winter months is difficulties for fracking, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. Ice and snow make it harder to ...

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Broomfield fracking: Recount finds 5-year ban wins by 20 votes


BROOMFIELD — A mandatory recount on the city’s anti-fracking measure confirmed that voters narrowly approved a five-year moratorium on the oil and gas drilling practice. But the future of the measure still hangs in the balance because of a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a pro-fracking group that alleges Broomfield did not correctly conduct the election. Meanwhile, on the same day ...

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