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Most back drill ban

ALBANY — Most New Yorkers support the state’s ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until ...

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State-mandated scientific study of fracking to be delayed six months

Timm Herdt | Ventura County Star (Camarillo, Calif.) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An independent scientific study mandated by last year’s landmark California law regulating oil industry well-stimulation techniques such as fracking will not be completed by the Jan. 1 deadline established by the law. The Natural Resources Agency, in a memo dated Aug. 1, informed the Legislature the study will instead ...

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Astorino would end NY fracking ban


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is unhappy with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shale drilling policies – and he’s not afraid to let you know it. The Republican challenger says Cuomo’s ongoing opposition to natural gas exploration in the state creates an anti-business environment and hurts long-term economic outlook, WBNG Action News reports. “We’re going to move ...

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NY Court upholds local frack bans


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York’s State Court of Appeals upheld a ruling today allowing municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in a 5-2 decision, the Court affirmed a 2013 ruling saying the state’s oil and gas laws don’t overrule the local government’s power to control development by land zoning. The Court also stressed that ...

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Fracking moratorium dies in California Senate

Laurel Rosenhall | The Sacramento Bee An effort to halt the oil extraction process known as fracking failed in the California Senate as lawmakers rejected a bill that would have banned the practice until a state-commissioned study proves it is safe. Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, argued that her measure amounted to hitting “pause” on an oil extraction method that has raised ...

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Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken

Northwestern North Dakota is one of the least-densely populated parts of the United States. Cities and people are scarce, but satellite imagery shows the area has been aglow at night in recent years. The reason: the area is home to the Bakken shale formation, a site where gas and oil production are booming. (Image: NASA)

Open up Google and search for “satellite photos of North Dakota at night.” Western North Dakota appears brighter than Minneapolis-St. Paul. The dazzling lights come from oil companies that are “flaring” natural gas instead of harvesting it, sending untold quantities of polluted smoke into our lungs. Oil companies have invaded. They are burning, sawing, drilling and killing the Bakken before ...

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Pennsylvania Poised to Open State Parks for Drilling Operations

Tiadaghton State Forest

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced in 2010 that the state needed to stop leasing additional forest land or it would inflict significant damage to the local ecosystem. It issued a report stating that any additional expansion of fracking in the region would have long-term repercussions on the health and productivity ...

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New frack rules are moot in oil patch

oil rig

By NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune New federal rules for using diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing, long feared to cause a disruptive moratorium on new oil drilling in the Bakken, will have far less effect on the industry than originally thought. In fact, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said new rules that were released last week ...

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