Latest Hydraulic fracturing News

Pennsylvania high court upholds old precedent in fracking

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines. The court overturned a 2018 decision by the lower Superior Court on Wednesday that said the “rule of capture" does not...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, left, with Deputy Attorney General Yvonne Chi, discusses the state's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to open more than 1 million acres of public land to oil and gas drilling in the middle of the state, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra said the federal government could allow more use of the controversial extraction method known as fracking without properly considering the consequences. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

California sues to block Trump administration fracking plans

Jan. 17, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California increased its efforts Friday to keep the federal government from allowing oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of public land, suing to block the Trump administration from issuing new permits in the central part of the state. The lawsuit against the U.S....

Company eyes Texas-New Mexico fracking sand transport system

Jan. 8, 2020 12:06 PM EST

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — A company is seeking to build a multi-mile conveyor belt system that could bring sand for hydraulic fracturing from West Texas into southeast New Mexico. The Atlas Sand Company wants to erect a 16.5-mile (10.4 kilometer) covered conveyor belt system to carry the sand from an offloading...

State report: No evidence links contamination, fracking

Dec. 23, 2019 5:29 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — No evidence links hydraulic fracturing to contaminated groundwater in central Wyoming, according to a Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality report. The contamination near Pavillion likely occurred naturally due to permeable geology in the gas-drilling area, the report released...

In this Dec. 12, 2019 photo, Craig Ogden, president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, raises cattle, cotton and alfalfa on his farm near Loving, N.M.. His farm is now surrounded by oil and gas production. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Oil and gas another piece in New Mexico’s water puzzle

Dec. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EST

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Craig Ogden has farmed alfalfa and cotton in southeastern New Mexico for nearly three decades, and he’s seen the acreage used for farming dwindle as neighbors seize lucrative offers from the oil and gas industry. The northern border of his property teems with oil wells drilled in...

US business group: Fracking ban would have dire consequences

Dec. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign pledges made by Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing by the oil and natural gas sector would have dire economic consequences for New Mexico and the rest of the United States if implemented, said the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s...