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NY agency: EPA report won’t affect state’s ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. — Business groups are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift New York’s fracking ban after the Environmental Protection Agency reported the technology hasn’t caused widespread harm to drinking water, but the Cuomo administration says the ban will stay. Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Tom Mailey says the EPA review released Thursday focused on impacts to water related ...

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U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water from fracking

WASHINGTON – Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential risks. The study, five years in the making, found some drinking water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where supplies were scarce and where fracturing ...

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Local ban nullified by state, fracking resumes in Denton


DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records request, the Denton Record-Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IQ9kPl) reports Vantage Energy notified the city early Tuesday of its plans to begin fracking on Denton’s ...

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Governor: Fossil fuels will remain big part of economy

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says that while the state is moving toward using more renewable energy, fossil fuels will remain important to the economy for the next generation. Herbert’s comments came Thursday during an appearance with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Utah Energy Development Summit in Salt Lake City. Environmental activists say the annual conference is ...

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Platteville board prohibits fracking bans, moratoria

Platteville Board of Trustees’ on Tuesday voted to prohibit any attempts to ban oil and gas development in the town. In a 5-0 vote, with one trustee absent, the board voted in favor of a resolution affirming that “oil and gas development and the economic activity it generates are vital to our town’s continued prosperity and sensible growth” and that ...

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Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON – Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil ...

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Governor Abbott to sign Denton fracking bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this morning that he will sign into law a bill that reasserts the state’s control over oil and gas drilling and prohibits cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, giving them only limited control over the oil and gas process within their city limits. Abbott will sign the bill two days after he appeared at commencement services ...

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Oil groups ask court to temporarily block U.S. fracking rules

WASHINGTON – Two oil and gas groups have asked a federal court to block the implementation new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands until their lawsuit challenging the regulations is resolved. The Independent Petroleum Association Of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance filed a motion on Friday for a preliminary injunction to prevent the Interior Department’s Bureau ...

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