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Michigan grants permit to drill oil well on church land

Michigan grants permit to drill oil well on church land

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The state’s environmental agency has granted a permit to drill an exploratory oil well on church property in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is allowing Traverse City-based Jordan Development to drill at Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield. The decision comes after a Feb. 17 meeting in Southfield that attracted about ...

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Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

A report from the University of Texas further contributes evidence that hydraulic fracturing has not contaminated drinking water with methane in Parker County, or anywhere else in Texas. The research reaffirmed findings from the Railroad Commission of Texas, which showed through nitrogen fingerprinting that water contamination was naturally occurring. The main objective of the project was to improve understanding of ...

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Contamination levels dropping from ND saltwater spill

State and company officials say contamination levels have dropped along waterways affected by a massive saltwater spill in western North Dakota’s oil patch. A pipeline leak detected last month spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Williston. The wastewater is a byproduct of intensive oil drilling taking place in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. North ...

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‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas underneath the Ohio River. The Department announced ...

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Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine

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Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. It’s the largest fine ever imposed against a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order ...

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Range will close, test soil at impoundment

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Range Resources will begin to close its Yeager Impoundment for wastewater storage and start testing soil samples next Monday, a company spokesperson said. The  impoundment, located in Pennsylvani’s Amwell Township, is closing up due to concerns that the pond’s liner may have leaked fracking-related chemicals into the soil, reports the Observer-Reporter of Southern Pennsylvania. ...

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Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows

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Neela Banerjee | Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – Some companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of ...

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Drillers did not report half of spills that led to fines

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Half the spills at Marcellus Shale well sites that resulted in fines weren’t spotted by gas companies, which are required by state law to look for and report spills of drilling-related fluids. That is one of the main conclusions of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of hundreds of thousands of state and company documents for ...

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