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Latest USGS study finds fracking is not a current threat to drinking water

In a study published May 31, 2017, the United States Geological Survey concluded that unconventional oil and gas production in the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations is “not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells.” Researchers sampled over one hundred drinking-water wells in the frack zones of Texas, … Continue reading

EPA reviews states’ solid waste management regulations for oil and gas operations

In an April 1, 2014 memorandum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarized state regulatory programs concerning the management of solid waste from oil and natural gas exploration, development and production (E&P) operations. In reviewing each state’s regulations, the EPA focused on surface storage and disposal facilities managing produced waters, drilling muds, drilling cuttings, hydraulic … Continue reading

Senators question EPA’s proposed research into states’ efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing

In a letter dated May 8, 2014, five U.S. senators urged the Office of Inspector (OIG) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discontinue its “preliminary research on the EPA’s and states’ ability to manage potential threats to water resources from hydraulic fracturing,” arguing that such a review is “well outside the mission and … Continue reading

Survey of Flaring Regs for Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming

Natural gas production is booming in the United States. Operators, aided by advances in hydraulic fracturing, have ramped up production, whether by reworking old oil wells or exploiting new formations altogether. However, just because an operator has the ability to produce natural gas does not necessarily mean that it can sell the gas; compressors, pipelines, … Continue reading

FERC Approves Sabine Pass LNG Exports and Vacates Jordan Cove LNG Imports

On April 16, 2012, FERC  issued a precedent setting order approving a proposal by Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC and Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. (collectively, “Sabine Pass”) to site, construct and operate facilities to liquefy domestic natural gas for export to world markets. The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project will be constructed at the existing Sabine Pass … Continue reading

Texas, Other States Move Forward With Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

Earlier this year, Texas became the latest state to draft regulations requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Michigan and Montana issued similar regulations over the summer, joining Arkansas, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania as states recently active in regulating hydraulic fracturing.[1] The new regulations require specific disclosures by operators and outline requirements … Continue reading
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