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  1. Oil and Gas: Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature. A measure from Del. Roxann Robinson would allow the denial of requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for information about chemicals that has been deemed a trade secret. A House subcommittee advanced the measure Thursday. Robinson, a Republican from Chesterfield County, introduced a similar measure last year. She said Thursday it's necessary to protect the oil and gas industry and its closely held proprietary information. But opponents said the bill could hinder first responders in an emergency and keep landowners in the dark about pollutants that might be affecting their groundwater. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking , involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rock formations and allow oil and gas to flow. The practice has opened up deposits that were previously unreachable but also raised concerns about pollution, contamination and earthquakes. Under recently implemented state fracking regulations, well operators would be required to submit to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy a disclosure form that includes information about the chemicals and additives used in the process. The department would determine what qualifies as a trade secret and post all other information online. David Clarke, a lobbyist for the Virginia Oil and Gas Association who spoke on behalf of Robinson's measure, said the proposed FOIA exemption shouldn't cause safety concerns. If someone were exposed to a chemical or a well failed, details would be made available to emergency officials, even if it involved a trade secret, he said. But others said waiting until an emergency to release that information would be too late to prepare an adequate response. Megan Rhyne of the nonprofit Virginia Coalition for Open Government opposed the bill, saying public health oversight requires access to public information. She pointed to the case of Flint, Michigan, where independent researchers helped expose the public health crisis over lead-tainted water, which led to criminal charges against a number of public officials. The committee's vote on the measure was 4-3. It now advances to the full House General Laws committee.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  2. Unconventional Oil & Gas: Legislative committee puts hold on fracking regulations

    A panel of state lawmakers is delaying regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland.

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  3. 1Derrick US M&A weekly update

    1Derrick gives OGFJ readers a snapshot of oil and gas industry M&A activity for the week of December 26 th to December 30 th .

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  4. Gazprom Neft conducts 30-stage hydraulic fracturing operation

    PJSC Gazprom Neft said it completed a 30-stage hydraulic fracturing operation in Russia’s Yuzhno-Priobskoye field. 

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    Mon, 18 Jul 2016

  1. Another win for statewide regulation of hydraulic fracturing

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    Fri, 13 May 2016

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Global hydraulic fracturing market projected to continue growth

    Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled " Hydraulic Fracturing Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends, and Forecast, 2014 – 2022" that says the global hydraulic fracturing market stood at 21.34 MHHP in 2013 and is expected to reach 33.97 MHHP by ...

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    Fri, 26 Jun 2015

  6. Oil and Gas: EPA fracking report offers few answers on drinking water

    Is hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has spurred a domestic energy boom contaminate drinking water, as environmental groups and other critics charge?

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  7. API: EPA hydraulic fracturing review confirms safety

    A draft report by the US Environmental Protection Agency confirms that hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources thanks to the safety and effectiveness of state and federal regulations, and current industry practices, said the American Petroleum ...

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    Fri, 5 Jun 2015

  8. North Dakota can join Wyoming lawsuit against hydraulic fracturing rules

    The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2015

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