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Fracking Regulations

Consumers and Industry Both Hurt by Toothless Fracking Rules

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Regulation can be a great reason to behave well, though industry rarely sees it that way. After five years of planning, 1.5 million comments, intens...

Celebs To Obama: What The Frack?!

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

The campaign to end fracking just got star-studded. In a series of videos calling for an end to fracking, celebrity environmental advocates demand...

Lydia O'Connor

Why These Environmentalists Are Protesting A Climate Change Pact | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of a climate deal with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in San Francisco on Monday drew dozens of p...

New Fracking Rules Pits Activists Against Industry

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 23 (Reuters) - New regulations to oversee hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in Alaska ...

State's First Fracking Regulation Will Go Into Effect Next Year

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2013 | Green

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 20 (Reuters) - California's first regulations on fracking and related oil production prac...

States Ask Interior For Fracking Exemption

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's congressional delegation asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter Monday to exempt Wyoming and other states...

Moms and Babies Face Health Risks From Fracking

Molly Rauch | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has identified silica dust inhalation as a health hazard for workers around fracking operations, based on observations at well pads. Can this dust affect community members too?

Governor Signs Tougher Fracking Regulations

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.17.2013 | Green

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling. ...

Poll Reveals California Voters' Thoughts On Fracking

Ventura County Star | Timm Herdt | Posted 08.10.2013 | Los Angeles

More than 70 percent of California voters favor either banning the oil-drilling practice known as fracking or enacting additional state regulations to...

Economic Concerns Should Not Overrule the Environment

Ron Dellums | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Ron Dellums

We shouldn't ignore environmental concerns in order to focus entirely on economic concerns. Not only does this ignore the relationship between these two issues, it also puts short-term profits ahead of long-term goals. This is the same strategy which created the economic meltdown.

New Fracking Rules Spark Controversy Among State Officials

AP | By MEAD GRUVER | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials worry that Interior Department rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land might unnecessarily duplicate ...

New York's Fracking Process Is Broken

Paul Gallay | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Paul Gallay

New York's four-year effort to assess the safety of the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking is broken. To fix it, the state must either declare a ban on fracking, or extend the moratorium now in place while it addresses the fundamental flaws.

Aaron Sankin

What The Fracking Companies Don't Want California To Know | Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Underneath much of Central and southern California sits one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the United States, boasting a mot...

The Answer Is Not Fracking or Coal. It's Neither.

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

Continuing the moratorium against fracking in New York State does not mean that New York's only option is to use more coal. The question must be whether fracking harms the health of community members, not whether fracking is less dangerous than coal.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Puny Fracking Fines 'Cost Of Doing Business' For Drillers, Report Says | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green

Hundreds of thousands of active oil and gas wells go without government inspection in any given year, and fines for regulatory violations are too smal...

State Permit Order Threatens Environment, Critics Charge

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Critics say a new order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will pressure state employees to more quickly approve environmental per...

The Real Story Behind the Fracking Debate

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Are you confused by the debate over fracking? I'm not surprised. The public debate is complex, angry, boisterous, a mix of science intertwined with politics, and complicated by a lack of information (or even intentional disinformation) on all sides.

Salazar Says U.S. Needs Federal Fracking Rules

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green

* Critics of new fracking rules "simply wrong" - Salazar * Oil production offshore Alaska still years away - Salazar By ...

Do OH Fracking Rules Gag Doctors?

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors given new access to the proprietary chemical recipes that oil and gas drillers use to crack into Ohio shale would be p...

Environmentalists Say Ohio Drilling Rules Riddled With Loopholes

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers heard more than six hours of testimony Monday from environmentalists and others with concerns about a bill lay...

New Fracking Rules Proposed

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will for the first time require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on public and I...

EPA's Fracking Rules: 'We Can Do Far Better'

Posted 04.20.2012 | Green

ProPublica's Lena Groeger reports:  The Environmental Protection Agency issued the first-ever national air pollution regulations for fracking on W...

Obama Announces New Fracking Oversight Group

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 06.13.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is creating a high-level working group to coordinate federal oversight of natural gas prod...

Regulations Proposed In Illinois House, Senate Before Fracking Begins In May

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

In less than a month, "fracking," a controversial drilling method that involves injecting a chemical compound into the earth to release natural gas, i...

Exxon CEO Speaks Out Against Federal Regulations

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green

* Complex regulation hinders energy development, economy * State, local regulation sufficient * Shell, Statoil CEOs more conciliatory about ...