Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking has no 'widespread' impact on drinking water — EPA

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 4, 2015
Fracking has no 'widespread' impact on drinking water — EPA

But findings could have been limited due to insufficient amount of data and the presence of other possible contaminates that made it impossible to conclude fracking's effects on certain areas, says EPA.

Half of U.S. fracking companies will be dead or sold by the end of this year

Bloomberg | April 23, 2015

Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said.

Obama unveils long-awaited fracking rules

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 20, 2015
Obama to announce long-awaited fracking rules

The updated regulations, in the works since 2012, set standards for wells and disposal of wastewater. They also require disclosure of chemicals used.

Nova Scotia to use fracking waste at cement plant

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 29, 2014
Nova Scotia to use fracking waste at cement plant

Five million litres of wastewater will be disposed at the Brookfield-based plant following a successful pilot project earlier this spring.

Kinder Morgan wins battle over pipeline expansion in Canada

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 24, 2014
Canada’s Kinder Morgan wins battle over pipeline expansion

The National Energy Board said Kinder Morgan can conduct survey work at Burnaby Mountain, despite opposition from the city.

Canada’s Nova Scotia introduces ruling to ban fracking

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 30, 2014
Canada’s Nova Scotia introduces ruling to ban fracking

The proposed law, however, would allow fracking for testing and research purposes.

5 ways fracking improves life for Americans

News and Experts | September 29, 2014

Engineer/environmentalist explains why 'frack' shouldn't be considered a dirty word.

Canadian government ‘not pleased’ with Nova Scotia’s plans to ban fracking

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 5, 2014
Canadian government ‘not pleased’ with Nova Scotia’s plans to ban fracking

The Atlantic province will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas this fall.

Kinder Morgan merges assets in $70-billion deal

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 11, 2014
Kinder Morgan merges assets in $70-billion deal

The merger is the largest in the energy sector in the last 15 years.

Half the UK now open up for fracking

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 29, 2014
Half the UK now open up for fracking

Special protection will be given to national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites, says the government.

Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2014
Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

After a two-year moratorium,, Germany is ready to allow fracking and so reduce the country's dependency on Russian energy.

Canadian studies endorsing fracking highly flawed — critics

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 4, 2014
Canadian studies endorsing fracking highly flawed — critics

The two documents released Tuesday conclude the debated extraction process just needs to be closely monitored and properly regulated.

Billions of barrels-worth of shale oil found in southern England

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 23, 2014
Billions of barrels-worth of shale oil found in southern England

The discovery has already pushed British authorities to start mulling plans to ease rules on accessing shale oil and gas, including drilling without landowners' permission.

EPA considers stricter disclosure on fracking fluids

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 9, 2014
EPA considers stricter disclosure on fracking fluids

The agency will begin soliciting comment on whether companies should publicly list the chemicals used to extract fuels out of the ground.

EU 'invites' member states to apply set of 'minimum principles' to hydraulic fracturing

Ana Komnenic | January 22, 2014
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso

Environmental groups outraged.

Russia is getting queasy about Ukraine's shale plans

Ana Komnenic | January 17, 2014
Russia gets queasy over Ukraine's fracking plans

Ukraine has two major shale gas production deals with Chevron and Shell.

Oklahoma fracking operations forced to disclose chemicals used

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 3, 2014
Oklahoma fracking operations forced to disclose chemicals used

Former regulations only targeted horizontal wells, the most common in the state.

US oil output to reach near record high in 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2013
US oil output to reach near record high in 2016

Mainly thanks to improvements in the techniques of horizontal drilling and fracking, says the EIA.

National Energy Board tells companies to publicly disclose hydraulic fracturing fluid recipes

Ana Komnenic | November 27, 2013
NEB tells companies to disclose hydraulic fracturing fluid recipes

Hydraulic fracturing blends are often exempt from disclosure because they're considered a trade secret.

Botswana comes clean on fracking licences after documentary

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 26, 2013
Botswana comes clean on fracking licences after documentary

It's allegedly happening in environmentally sensitive areas, such as the world’s largest elephant herds habitat.

Here's how the US is becoming the world's biggest oil and gas producer

Ana Komnenic | November 18, 2013
Here's why the US is about to become the world's biggest oil and gas producer

Six regions account for nearly 90% of US oil production growth and 100% of domestic natural gas production growth.

U.S. to become world’s top oil producer earlier than expected

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 12, 2013
U.S. to be world’s top oil producer earlier than expected

But not a long-term threat to the OPEC.

Fresh threats to Europe’s shale industry as lawmakers draw up regulations

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 4, 2013
Fresh threats to Europe’s shale industry as lawmakers draw up regulations

The European Commission is set to announce tighter guidelines for companies involved in the shale gas industry by January.

Canadian First Nation free to protest against shale gas— judge

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 21, 2013
Canadian First Nation free to protest against shale gas— judge

A Moncton court lifted Monday an injunction against the Elsipogtog First Nation that prevented them from blocking SWN Resources' operations.

Violent shale gas protests in New Brunswick threaten to hit rest of Canada

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 18, 2013
Violent shale gas protests in New Brunswick threatens to hit rest of Canada

A wave of pacific demonstrations hit the country Thursday evening and more are expected on Friday.

China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 9, 2013
China displaces the US as world’s main oil importer

Americans currently import close to 10 million barrels of crude per day and Canadian oil accounts for 30% of that total.

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