Oil and Gas Development

June 10, 2014--Severe water shortage in West fails to stop fracking at gas wells (NBC News)

Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the state Senate killed a bill that would have put a moratorium on the state's use of hydraulic fracturing.


May 26, 2014--Water concerns could limit US oil, gas development, speakers say (Oil & Gas Journal)

The oil and gas industry needs to respond more effectively to public concerns about safe water supplies if it expects to realize US unconventional resources’ full potential, speakers at Deloitte LLP’s 2014 Washington Energy Conference warned.


February 8, 2014--Don’t blame frackers for American water shortages (Oman Observer)

For 25 years, US specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict. But the real water wars are brewing at home, where farmers, environmentalists and the oil and gas industry are falling out over water supplies in the drought-stricken Southwest.


February 6, 2014--Fracking is draining water from US areas suffering major shortages - report (Reiuters)

Some of the most drought-ravaged areas of the US are also heavily targeted for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing - a practice that exacerbates water shortages - according to a new report.


October 16, 2013--Shell says it can produce oil shale with a lot less water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It could require less than half a barrel of water to buoy up a barrel of oil from the high desert of the west, Shell Oil Co. said today. One barrel of oil could be produced from oil shale for as little as a third of a barrel of water, Tom Fowler, commercial lead for the Shell project, said at the 33rd Oil Shale symposium at Colorado School of Mines.


July 20, 2013--DOE fracking study: Chemicals didn't taint the water (Longmont Times)

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.


June 16, 2013--Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots (Denver Post)

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.

June 7, 2013--NM regulators replace rule on drilling waste (Denver Post)

New Mexico is changing its regulations on managing waste from oil and gas drilling. A 51-page order issued Thursday by the state Oil Conservation Commission makes numerous changes to the so-called "pit rule," which industry groups called too expensive and cumbersome. The regulations were adopted in 2009. They're intended to prevent drilling waste from leaching into groundwater.

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