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Landowners, energy companies file briefs seeking to capture Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in historic hydraulic fracking case

Over the past few months, new developments have taken place in the historic Pennsylvania Supreme Court case involving landowners’ trespass and conversion claims against an energy company based on hydraulic fracking activities. Back in November 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agreed to hear the case to consider whether the rule of capture applies to … Continue reading

UK Task Force Approves Fracking

On December 15, 2015, in a two-page report, a group of experts coined the “UK Task Force” issued their “Final Conclusions and Recommendations,” approving the safety of further drilling and exploration for shale gas in the United Kingdom. Based on a year of research into the potential “positive and negative” impacts of shale exploration and drilling, … Continue reading

USGS says frackquakes a “red herring”

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough recently commented that the link between fracking and earthquakes is “a red herring.”  The statement was issued in conjunction with the release of a study by the USGS finding that deep underground injection to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas operations has had a long and vaunted history … Continue reading

State regulators issue guidance for induced seismicity policy

On Monday, September 28, 2015 the StatesFirst Induced Seismicity by Injection Work Group (ISWG) published a report: Potential Injection-Induced Seismicity Associated with Oil & Gas Development. The ISWG is comprised of members from state regulatory agencies that oversee underground injection wells in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Utah and West … Continue reading

Alberta energy regulator restricts temporary diversion licenses due to drought

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has taken steps to restrict surface water withdrawals under previously-issued temporary diversion licenses (TDLs) due to hot, dry weather and low flow surface water conditions across Alberta. The restrictions are intended to protect aquatic ecosystems at risk due to drought. TDLs are commonly used by oil and gas operators and … Continue reading

Berkeley Lab researchers quell frackquake fears, FEMA discusses induced seismicity

On July 9 the California Council on Science and Technology in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, released an expanded independent scientific report on hydraulic fracturing discussing anthropogenic earthquakes. Berkeley Lab researchers found “no recorded cases of induced seismicity” in California. The report concludes that to date there have been no known seismic events linked … Continue reading

End of comment period for federal fracking rule quickly approaching

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the time period for public comments concerning its proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing wastewater. The end of the comment period is quickly approaching. The public has until July 17th to submit comments on the proposed rule. The proposed rule, Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the … Continue reading