Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

11:30am

Tue May 8, 2012
Environment

Longmont to Vote on Ban on Drilling in Residential Areas

Longmont resident Judith Blackburn is opposed to drilling within the city's boundaries.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Longmont's city council is expected to approve a slate of oil and gas regulations tonight that seek to keep drilling out of residential neighborhoods. 

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2:22pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Environment

Proposed Fracking Rule Embraced by Hickenlooper

Interior Sec. Ken Salazar met with Governor John Hickenlooper briefly in Commerce City Friday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper is praising a proposal by the Obama Administration that would require oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands to disclose the chemicals they use in the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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2:15pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Energy

White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:04 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Obama administration today released a new set of rules for oil and gas drilling on public land. As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, the rules are meant to keep companies from polluting water when they use the engineering technique known as fracking.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Hydraulic fracturing is what made the current drilling booms possible. Companies force hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to open up cracks in the rock and make the oil or natural gas flow faster.

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9:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Fracking: New Rules Aim To Bring 'Best Practices' To Public Lands

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 10:45 am

Saying that the rules would "make sure that fracturing operations conducted on public and Indian lands follow common-sense industry best practices," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this morning issued proposed regulations that would:

-- Require "public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands."

-- Ensure that "wells used in fracturing operations [on public lands] meet appropriate construction standards."

-- Require operators to "put in place appropriate plans for managing flowback waters from fracturing operations."

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4:13pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Environment

Fracking the Focus of Congressional Hearing at Colorado Capitol [Updated]

An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.
Kirk Siegler

Denver was the location for a U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be overreaching.

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