fracking

Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas

Workers install a section of natural gas pipeline that runs through a field that abuts a subdivision on Schultz Lane in Berthoud, CO.
Credit Felisa Cardona / denverpost.com

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has tapped reserves that were once thought unreachable.  The industry is scrambling to provide infrastructure to support the boom.  Pipelines sometimes have to cross private land.  For the pipeline companies, it’s not a simple off that has to be accepted.  Recent court cases have been awarding landowners significantly higher amounts than companies offer reported Gilad Edelman for The Texas Tribune

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas: The flaming water debate continues despite regulator case closure

Steve Lipsky demonstrates how his well water ignites when he puts a flame to the flowing well spigot outside his family's home.
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Increased methane levels in Texas water wells cannot be linked to nearby drilling activity according to a report released by the state’s oil and gas regulator said a recent article from StateImpact Texas

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North Texas
8:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

$3 million dollar suit worries drillers

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A jury recently awarded a North Texas family $3 million dollars in damages.  The family alleged a drilling company’s activities near their home caused chronic headaches, nose-bleeds, wheezing, and other illnesses according to The Texas Tribune.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Baker Hughes disclosing all fracking chemicals, Halliburton considering it

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Trade Secrets are a place where oil and gas companies are allowed to keep secret the ingredients used in fracking.  Baker Hughes has decided to publically list all the chemicals used in the process, while Halliburton, a major competitor is considering it reported The Associated Press and StateImpact Oklahoma.

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1:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State attorneys general gather in Denver to talk fracking regulation

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About a dozen attorneys general attended the first-ever conference on fracking.
The fracking boom in Colorado and other western states has attorneys general dealing with an evolving and thorny set of legal and public policy issues. About a dozen attorneys general met in Denver yesterday for a first-ever gathering on fracking, sponsored by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Horizontal Drilling: Is there a safer acid to use?

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Hydrochloric acid is commonly using in horizontal drilling because it’s relatively cheap, but companies are looking for safer alternatives to protect workers and the environment reported StateImpact Oklahoma

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Garfield County, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study Links Natural Gas Drilling and Spills to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

A drill rig in Garfield, County Colorado.
Credit Courtesy of Carol Kwiatkowski / Colorado Public Radio

Chemicals used in gas drilling work against our endocrine system, a network of glands and cells that release hormones into our bodies.  The chemical disrupters can effect fertility, sperm counts, cause breast and prostate cancer, compromise our immune system, and even contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  

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November 2013
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Colorado:Election Results 2013

Madeline Doak, 18, a student election judge, collected ballots in Denver. Taxes and marijuana were up for statewide votes.
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Colorado voters said no to a tax increase that promised smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten, and smarter education spending.  It was one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, according to The New York Times.  

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UT Studies Methane Leaks
8:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

University of Texas Fracking Study: Results and Politics

Oil fields in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, an Apache Energy site where wells were drilled in February last year.
Credit Jim Wilson / nytimes.com

The University of Texas at Austin has been measuring how much methane leaks from natural gas production sites after hydraulic fracturing.  Advocates on both sides of the fracking issue have been waiting for results to back their positions according to the Texas Tribune.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oil and Gas Production: U.S. Leads the World

The U.S. is set to be the number one producer of oil and gas this year.
Credit EIA

The current domestic drilling boom has brought plenty of jobs, traffic and concerns about pollution and sustainability. It’s also put the U.S. in a position that was unimaginable a decade ago: this year, the U.S. will be the number one producer of oil and gas, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) according to State Impact Texas.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Texas Earthquakes: New Study Reveals Extraction is a Big Cause

Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director at the University of Texas's Institute for Geophysics
Credit State Impact Texas

 A new study from the University of Texas shows the recent cluster of earthquakes are mostly caused by oil and gas extraction reported State Impact Texas

Cliff Frohlich is the Associate Director at UT’s Institute for Geophysics and lead author of the study. 

“The question we were looking at was, were quakes in the area linked to the disposal of hydrofracking waste?” said Frohlich. 

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Is Fracking Stealing From Your Neighbors?

Fracking diagram
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Fracking has become an industry standard, allowing access to stores of oil and gas that previously were inaccessible.  However, a State Impact Texas story poses the question,”Is fracking stealing from your neighbors?”

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Oil & Gas
8:01 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Earthquakes: Oklahoma Lacks Response

A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig in Ohio.
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Injection wells are linked to earthquakes in a handful of states like: Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Ohio, and Colorado.  Impact Oklahoma reported the largest earthquake connected to a disposal and injection well occurred on November 2011 in Prague, Oklahoma.  However, Oklahoma has not responded with significant regulations.

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Environment
4:24 am
Wed June 12, 2013

When Water Burns

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Advances in fracking and horizontal drilling make it possible to access gas and oil deposits previously out of reach.  The process has lowered energy prices, created jobs, and reduced emissions.  It could also be contaminating ground water from the Rockies of Wyoming to Pennsylvania.  It is possible, but people affected by the pollution won't talk.     

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