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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 and Gas News: State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

    State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania.

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

    Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado's wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling , releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits.

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  4. Noble starts Tamar farm-down process offshore Israel

    Noble Energy has agreed to sell a 3% interest in the Tamar gas field offshore Israel to the Harel Group and Israel Infrastructure Fund for $369 million.

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    Tue, 5 Jul 2016

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

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016

  2. Natural gas drilling emissions standards proposed by EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed standards to reduce air emissions from oil and natural gas drilling operations, such as hydraulic fracturing.

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2011

  3. Apache has more oil, natural gas drilling success in Egypt

    Houston independent Apache Corp. reported continued oil and natural gas drilling successes in Egypts Western Desert, saying the Tayim South 1-X well marked the companys highest oil rate completion there.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2011

  4. Montana tribe breaks off talks over natural gas drilling on sacred land

    A northwest Montana American Indian tribe has broken off consultations with the U.S. government over a longstanding proposal by a Louisiana company to drill for natural gas on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet people.

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    Thu, 9 Jul 2015

  5. Dominion leases 100,000 acres of Marcellus shale for natural gas drilling

    Energy company Dominion leased an estimated 100,000 acres of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia to drill for natural gas.

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    Wed, 11 Dec 2013

  6. Oil and Gas News: Texas Supreme Court tax ruling likely saves state billions

    The Texas Supreme Court rejected an energy company's request for a sales tax refund on Friday, a seemingly small and esoteric decision that nonetheless saved the state from potentially having to underwrite billions of dollars in similar rebates.

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    Fri, 17 Jun 2016

  7. Anschutz Exploration files lawsuit in New York to overturn ban on natural gas drilling

    The West Firm of Albany, New York, on behalf of the Colorado-based oil and natural gas company, Anschutz Exploration Corporation, filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, Tompkins County, seeking to overturn an ordinance and zoning amendment adopted by the Town of Dryden, which bans all oil and ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2011

  8. Oil & Gas News: Trial begins for driller sued over fouled Pennsylvania wells

    Opening statements were made Tuesday in a bitter and long-running federal lawsuit that pits homeowners in the village of Dimock against Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

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    Tue, 23 Feb 2016

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