Researchers are taking to the air to measure trace gas emissions over production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming, and the Four Corners area.
A group of bills called the “Frack Pack” announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in oil prices.
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says more data is needed to be able to say for sure if a link exists between unconventional oil and gas development and degraded water quality.
Now that the Oil and Gas Task Force did its job and provided proposals for regulating fracking in Colorado, the inevitable race to the ballot box begins.
An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.
The move to veto showcases the Obama administration’s focus on climate change and sheds light on the growing concerns over fracking.
Democrats in the Colorado House have rejected a proposal to penalize communities that ban the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
A Colorado task force is recommending that local governments be given a consulting role on some decisions about the location of large oil and gas facilities.
Activists said Tuesday they would try to put a measure on the 2016 ballot to ban hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.