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Fracking dealt another setback by Quebec report
Stefan Cramer December 18th, 2014

Quebec’s environmental bureau has dealt a setback to companies that want to use hydraulic fracturing techniques to develop the province’s promising shale gas deposits, saying it appears the economic benefits would not outweigh the environmental costs. Read more at Fracking dealt another setback by Quebec report 


Township takes novel approach to ban fracking
Stefan Cramer December 14th, 2014

An aquatic ecosystem that supports a host of creatures and is linked to water supplies for hundreds of its neighbors will soon have its day in court. Residents says the Little Mahoning Creek watershed in Indiana County is threatened by frackwater injection activity in the area, while a public interest law firm seeks to represent the ...


Fracking may echo history of tobacco, asbestos
Stefan Cramer December 07th, 2014

An influential UK government report has compared the potential risks of fracking to other infamously harmful agents that were used before their health effects were studied. The author, Prof Andrew Stirling of the University of Sussex, warns that insufficient investigation into the negative effects of this relatively new technology could lead to serious consequences. He cites several ...


Decline of nearly 40% in new US oil and gas applications for November
Stefan Cramer December 03rd, 2014

Industrial data firm Drilling Info Inc. has provided data to Reuters showing a decline of around 40% in new US oil and gas applications in the month of November. In October there were 7,227 recorded applications; however a month later only 4,520 applications were received across the US. This represents one of the largest declines in applications ...


Fracking site in UK suffered possible “loss of wellbore integrity”
Stefan Cramer December 03rd, 2014

According to reports and information gained under the UK Freedom of Information Act it appears that one of Cuadrilla’s initial drilling sites in the UK suffered a previously unreported structural failure. The damage has been described by engineers as a possible “loss of wellbore integrity”, this can result in a leaking of fluid or gases from ...