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  1. Oil and Gas News: Montana board rejects more fracking disclosures

        BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators on Thursday turned back an effort by environmentalists, health advocates and some landowners who sought to force energy companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals used to produce oil and gas. During fracking , known formally as hydraulic fracturing, companies pump large volumes of industrial fluids underground to release oil and gas trapped in rock formations. The Montana Oil and Gas Conservation Board voted unanimously against a petition that would have made companies either disclose details on the chemicals or justify withholding the information. The board's action left in place a 2011 state rule that allows companies to conceal the ingredients of chemicals that are considered trade secrets. A legal challenge to a different aspect of the 2011 rule is pending before the Montana Supreme Court. Some board members said they did not want to start the process of coming up with a new rule while that case is unresolved. A coalition of landowners, environmentalists and advocates filed the petition in July seeking to strengthen the disclosure rule and make it more like a rule in neighboring Wyoming. They said the current state rule violates the public's right to know about matters that can threaten public health. The Montana Petroleum Association argued against changes, saying the public should not have access to proprietary company information. Several of those who filed the petition urged board members to adopt it during a Thursday public hearing. Among them was Mary Anne Mercer, a public health practitioner at the University of Washington whose family has a Richland County farm that's been the site of oil drilling. Although her family has benefited financially from oil production, Mercer worries about the open ponds around the property that are used for fracking wastewater . Without knowing what's in the fracking fluids, she said it's impossible to assess the potential hazard those products pose to water supplies and human health. "I worry about what may be happening to our land ... and the pollution that might be left behind when all this oil has been extracted," she said. An estimated 4,000 to 7,000 oil and gas wells have been fracked in Montana, with the practice first seen in the state in 1951, said Jim Halvorson, a petroleum geologist and administrator of the state oil and gas board. Halvorson said he knew of no cases where fracking directly harmed groundwater. There's also been "no direct evidence" that the rules in place since 2011 have damaged health and safety, he added. "We have not heard of an issue," Halvorson said. An attorney for the petitioners, Kathleen O'Brien, said the group would review the board's decision before deciding if they will go to state court to challenge the outcome.  

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  2. Oil and Gas News: In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

    A few months ago, the nation's second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing.

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: Judge puts hold on plan to open California lands to fracking

    A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking .

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  4. BC Hydro responds to concerns about fracking and dam safety

    Recent concerns about fracking near BC Hydro's hydroelectric power assets have led to a statement from the Canadian utility regarding their safety and stability.

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    Fri, 26 Aug 2016

  1. Oil and Gas: Helis Oil & Gas halts St Tammany Parish drilling project

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  2. Natural gas company puts $1.5M toward West Virginia roadwork

    A natural gas company is putting $1.5 million toward repairs on a West Virginia road worn down by traffic from the industry's drilling and fracking operations.

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    Sun, 11 Sep 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

    Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania.

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016

  4. Unconventional Oil and Gas News: Nebraska won't appeal decision on fracking water disposal

    The state of Nebraska won't appeal a judge's decision to bar a Colorado company from using a Nebraska Panhandle well to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas operations.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  5. Oil & Gas News: Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules

    A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents.

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    Fri, 19 Aug 2016

  6. Energy News: OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

    Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the U.S. has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of polluting gases that are warming Earth.

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    Tue, 6 Sep 2016

  7. U.S. underwent quiet energy change during Obama tenure

    There are now more than three solar power jobs in the U.S. for every job mining coal

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  8. Corbyn pledges major renewables drive in UK

    The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has said that he will create 316,000 jobs in wind, solar and wave power if his Labour Party comes to government.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

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