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  1. Oil and Gas News: Maryland releases suggested revisions to gas drilling plan

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will consider revising its proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing in an effort to add safeguards for public health and the environment, a state agency announced Wednesday. The Maryland Department of the Environment released issue papers with tentative suggestions for revisions after an 18-month review of regulations that were initially proposed in January 2015. The department says the 2015 proposal "laid a solid foundation" for ensuring natural gas production in western Maryland can be done "in a manner that respects Maryland's environment and people." Ben Grumbles, the department secretary, said the agency is striving for reasonable and balanced regulations "with stringent but achievable requirements." "No group, whether environmental advocates or energy advocates, will be pleased with every restriction or safeguard in our comprehensive proposals," Grumbles said in a statement. "If no one is entirely happy with the balance we're seeking, we are probably on the right track. We are committed to listening and to considering all stakeholder suggestions over the next month." Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, said the suggestions released Wednesday weaken the initial proposal. "They are across the board weaker than the previous proposal, and it's really clear that while the governor says that he cares about protecting the environment and health, it's clear his proposal is just to get us fracking as soon as possible, regardless of the impact, at any cost," Tulkin said. Many provisions in the January 2015 proposal remain unchanged. The department says it is looking at ways to maintain or improve environmental protection and add flexibility where needed, and to deal with some issues not addressed in the 2015 proposal. The agency also said it would focus more on preventing problems at well sites through design standards, instead of overreliance on setbacks and location restrictions. Three public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the issue papers released Wednesday, including one in Cumberland Wednesday evening. Two are scheduled next week: one in Baltimore on Monday and another in McHenry two days later. The agency must adopt regulations by Oct. 1, and will propose a revised set of regulations in the Maryland Register ahead of the October deadline. After that, the department will provide an additional 30-day comment period before taking any final action on the regulations. No drilling would be permitted in Maryland before Oct. 1, 2017. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses pressurized water, sand and chemicals to fracture underground shale and release gas. Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a portion of the western side of the state sits atop the Marcellus Shale , which runs underground from New York to Tennessee. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking, while New York banned the practice due to health concerns.

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    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

  2. Oil & Gas News: CEO denies fracking will harm endangered belugas

    The Latest on an environmental group's contention that hydraulic fracturing under Alaska's Cook Inlet will harm endangered beluga whales.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  3. Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

    A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing , dealing another setback to the Obama administration's efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  4. Federal district judge in Wyoming sets aside BLM’s final fracing rule

    A federal district court judge in Wyoming set aside the US Bureau of Land Management’s final hydraulic fracturing rule after finding the agency did not have the necessary congressional authority to impose it.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  1. US courts reassert limits on power of Executive Branch

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    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

  2. Another win for statewide regulation of hydraulic fracturing

    Colorado has joined a growing list of states that prohibit municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing .  

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    Fri, 13 May 2016

  3. Hydraulic fracturing stymied in Canadian East

    Hydraulic fracturing remains stymied in two of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. New Brunswick has extended indefinitely a moratorium on the completion technique imposed in 2014. And an independent panel appointed that year to assess hydraulic fracturing in Newfoundland and Labrador has refused to ...

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    Tue, 31 May 2016

  4. Improved E&P technology is benefiting wildlife in West, report says

    Exploration and production technology innovations are benefiting wildlife in the US West, a June 14 report issued by the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) suggested.

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    Thu, 16 Jun 2016

  5. Unconventional Oil and Gas News: New data will help Colorado study health effects of fracking

    New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.

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    Wed, 15 Jun 2016

  6. Liberty completes Sanjel asset acquisition

    Liberty Oilfield Services, a privately-held pressure pumping company, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Sanjel Corp.’s US assets.

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    Wed, 15 Jun 2016

  7. Sanders: Ban hydraulic fracturing nationwide

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), seeking to become the Democratic Party’s candidate in this year’s presidential election, has called for a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing .

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    Tue, 12 Apr 2016

  8. Report: Hydraulic fracturing market worth $90.55B by 2020

    The global hydraulic fracturing market is expected to reach US$90.55 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Hydraulic fracturing enables easier crude oil and natural gas extraction from unconventional reserves such as coalbed methane, shale formations, and tight ...

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    Mon, 22 Feb 2016

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