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EPA should have considered costs of air rule sooner, court says

pollution out of pipe

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court said today that the federal Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs before it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants, not just when determining exactly what regulatory limits for mercury and other air toxics should apply. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled against EPA in a closely watched ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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HB40’s final defeat on Denton fracking ban

The controversy surrounding Denton, Texas’ on-again-off-again fracking ban has been a unique ordeal, to say the least. The conflict over whether or not to allow the city to back hydraulic fracturing inspired a cabaret music troupe, prompted in the arrest of a blind 92-year-old woman and, unsurprisingly drew scorn from the rest of oil-rich state until House Bill 40 put ...

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Judge to consider request to suspend federal oil, gas rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New rules for hydraulic fracturing and other petroleum industry practices on federal land are headed before a judge in Wyoming. Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers. The rules are set to take effect Wednesday. Colorado, North ...

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Texas city leaders repeal voter-approved ban on fracking

DENTON, Texas — Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies. The Denton City Council early Wednesday voted 6-1 to drop the fracking ban. The Denton Record-Chronicle says council member Keely Briggs dissented. Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to release trapped oil ...

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Permian plan B: Survive to Thrive

With the first well drilled in 1925, the Permian Basin began its love-hate relationship with the oil and gas industry. It has since become what we are known for. It’s our livelihood. It’s who we are. It is the proverbial roller coaster we live to ride. Over the last 5 years, the United States has experienced a revolution in hydraulic ...

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Federal fracking rule to cost ND income, jobs

If new federal hydraulic fracturing regulations go into effect later this month, North Dakota could potentially lose 1,900 jobs and $300 million annually in oil income, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). The federal rules set to take effect June 24 include new standards for constructing wells and for disclosing the chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process. A preliminary ...

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Editorial: One drilling mistake could prove devastating

Since 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has gathered data on one of the most controversial aspects of the oil and natural gas boom in Ohio and other states. The issue, impressed on many people by the documentary Gasland and incidents such as the contamination of aquifers in 2007 in Bainbridge Township, Geauga County, is how the technique of hydraulic ...

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Broad approach needed to pinpoint earthquake causes

Requiring oil and gas drillers to provide additional data and developing better maps that detail underground fault lines would help state officials — and the public — come to a better understanding of why the Earth is suddenly on the move in North Texas. The ideas came during a sometimes testy meeting Friday in Austin between scientists and oil and ...

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