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Ohio Fracking Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

A couple who sued to try to stop shale gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory this week as a judge ruled their lawsuit can proceed. The Franklin County judge ruled that the Guernsey …

California Offshore Fracking Reports Sought By EPA

Federal environmental regulators will start requiring oil and gas operations off the Southern California coast to report chemicals discharged into the ocean from fracking. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published the requirement in the federal register, and will …

Drilling Boom Leaves Some Neighbors with Damages, Depressed House Values

When Gary Gless bought his sleek, modernist house in Los Angeles in 2002, he thought he had hit a “gold mine.” The world’s largest inner-city park – featuring a lush, 18-hole golf course – was about to get built across …

Local Gas Drilling Laws Get a Key Airing in Ohio

A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that’s burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Can regulations in states eager for the jobs and tax revenues that come with gas and oil drilling trump local restrictions …

In Flood-Struck Colorado, Concerns About Fracking Spills

Contaminated water spilling from flooded oil and gas drilling sites in Colorado is refocusing attention on the environmental risks surrounding America’s fracking boom. Floods that have devastated north-central Colorado, killing eight people and displacing thousands, have also dislodged storage tanks …

Arkansas Lawsuits Test Fracking Wastewater Link to Quakes

Tony Davis, a 54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But that was before the earth shook. In …

West Virginia Report Says Fracking No Threat to Air Quality

A state study says no new rules are needed to protect West Virginia’s air quality from natural gas drilling. State lawmakers were presented with the study’s results during an interim committee meeting this week. The report was created by the …

Fracking Tied to Drinking Water Damage by EPA Regional Official

Gas drilling caused “significant damage” to drinking-water aquifers in a Pennsylvania town at the center of a fight over the safety of hydraulic fracturing, according to a report prepared by a federal official. The previously unreleased document from an employee …

Fracking Companies Silence Water Complaints With Sealed Settlements

Chris and Stephanie Hallowich were sure drilling for natural gas near their Pennsylvania home was to blame for the headaches, burning eyes and sore throats they suffered after the work began. The companies insisted hydraulic fracturing — the technique they …

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s Administration Says ‘No Timetable’ on Fracking Decision

Months after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration promised a decision “within weeks” on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, it now says there’s “no timetable for a decision.” State officials say recent meetings with the U.S. Environmental …