Fracking must wait for year in New York.

The fracking debate in New York state is hitting new heights as regulators delay a final decision on the controversial natural gas production method, but it looks increasingly clear that it will be a year – if ever – before drilling begins again.

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Professor looks at contamination, environmental impact of fracking.

Although the demand for energy resources is high, methodologies used to extract these resources could potentially be harmful to both people and the environment.

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ONGC drills world’s deepest well by an offshore rig.

NEW DELHI , Feb 18 (IANS) State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said Monday it has drilled the world’s deepest well by an offshore rig at a water depth of over 10,300 feet off India’s east coast.

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Analysis of Marcellus flowback finds high levels of ancient brines.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Brine water that flows back from gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region after hydraulic fracturing is many times more salty than seawater, with high contents of various elements, including radium and barium. The chemistry is consistent with brines formed during the Paleozoic era, a study by an undergraduate student and two professors in Penn State’s Department of Geosciences found.

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Big fracking fluid spill near Windsor is cleaned up – company says.

PDC Energy workers at the site of an 84,000-gallon spill of greenish, oil-laden fracking fluid on Thursday said they had pretty much cleaned up the mess.

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Mansfield lawmaker fights against injection well drilling.

MANSFIELD — The implication of drilling and fracking in Ohio hit home in Mansfield for Law Director John Spon.

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German minister dashes hopes for shale gas fracking.

Article courtesy by Markus Wacket and Vera Eckert | February 12th 2013 | Yahoo News * Environment ministers says new rules to be restrictive. * Seeks to pre-empt opposition in upper house of parliament BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s environment minister said on Monday he did not want to make it easy for companies […]

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German upper house passes resolution to tighten fracking rules.

BERLIN, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s upper house of parliament passed a resolution on Friday urging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to tighten the rules for controversial modern drilling techniques, or fracking, for unconventional gas. The resolution piles the pressure on the government to draw up clear rules for the practice, which critics say could increase seismic risks and even pollute drinking water.

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Amid debate, Falls Water Board used lobbyist to explore fracking in Albany.

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls Water Board hired a professional lobbyist in Albany to help it explore the possibility of treating wastewater from natural gas drilling sites while the debate was playing out in the public.

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Forum speakers warn: Yes, fracking is dangerous.

Sources in the oil-and-gas industry and government regulators have both been quoted repeatedly as saying that “fracking” for oil and gas is a relatively safe process, which when properly regulated, should pose minimal hazards to public health and safety. Speakers at a public forum in Athens Tuesday, however, begged to differ in a big way.

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New tech said to clean up fracking water.

A new water desalination technology may prove a savior for the oil and natural gas industries confronting growing concerns about the wastewater that flows to the surface in the months and years after a well is fracked.

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Wastewater from fracking could be too much to handle, study says

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces a relatively small amount of wastewater, given all the gas the technique recovers, according to a new analysis of operations in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, the number of fracking operations has grown so rapidly that the wastewater being produced threatens to overwhelm the region’s capacity to properly treat it.

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