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Judge Delays Federal Fracking Safety Regulations

New U.S. fracking safety rules set to take effect Wednesday were put on hold by a Wyoming federal judge who said he needed more evidence to decide whether to block them as requested by drillers and four western states. Before …

EPA Finds Little Evidence Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

Fracking for shale oil and gas has not led to widespread pollution of drinking water, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft report said on Thursday, although it warned some drilling activities could potentially cause health risks. The study, requested by …

Obama Administration Releases Regulations on Fracking on Federal Lands

The Obama administration issued the first federal regulations for fracking since the drilling technique fueled a domestic energy boom, requiring extensive disclosures of the chemicals used on public land. After years of debate and delay, the Bureau of Land Management …

Oil Industry Releases Fracking Standards for Local Communities

An oil industry lobbying group this week unveiled voluntary standards aimed at tamping down concerns about the oil and gas production process known as horizontal drilling, or fracking, in communities around the United States. The American Petroleum Institute said it …

Safety Agency to Probe Fracking Risks After Deaths of 4 Workers

The Obama administration is investigating the health risks of hydraulic fracturing after at least four deaths among oilfield workers since 2010 in North Dakota and Montana. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said the workers were exposed to …

States Collaborating on Rules to Address Earthquake Risks of Fracking

Several U.S. states are banding together to combat the mounting risks of earthquakes tied to the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Regulators from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio met for the first time this month in …

Top New York Court to Decide Whether Towns Can Ban Fracking

New York’s highest court agreed to decide whether towns and cities have the power to pass anti-fracking laws. The Court of Appeals in Albany today said it will hear arguments in lawsuits seeking to block drilling bans passed by the …

New York’s Highest Court to Hear Appeals in Fracking Cases

New York’s highest court will hear appeals in cases related to anti-fracking laws passed in two towns that were upheld by lower courts. The Court of Appeals in Albany will review decisions where the intermediate level courts rejected arguments by …

Obama Administration Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rolling back some measures from its original, abandoned draft as it sought to ease concerns the rules would be too burdensome for producers. The …