News & Updates

Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee 'Gasland'

February 25, 2011 (New York Times) The documentary "Gasland" brought the term "hydraulic fracturing" into the nation's living rooms.

Oklahoma passes fracking test

February 25, 2011 (The Daily Oklahoman) An independent panel has issued a report p

EPA Posts Frack Rules Without Explanation

January 20, 2010. (New York Times). U.S. EPA, it turns out, can change the rules simply by quietly posting new language on a back page of its website.

That is what Matt Armstrong found out. A lawyer who closely follows the issue of "hydraulic fracturing," he was poking around on the EPA website last June and was stunned when he realized the agency had added new language requiring drillers to get permits if they are going to fracture with diesel fuel.

API Backs Plan to Disclose Fracking Ingredients

December 14, 2010 (Fuel Fix - Houston Chronicle)  The American Petroleum Institute today joined other oil and gas trade groups in endorsing a plan to voluntarily disclose the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluids used to produce natural gas from shale.

PA Gov-Elect will soon reopen state land to new drilling

December 6, 2010 (Newsweek). Governor-elect Tom Corbett will soon reopen state land to new drilling, his spokesperson tells NEWSWEEK.

NY Gov. Patterson halts hydraulic fracturing operations until July 2011

December 11, 2010 (Daniel Trotta - Yahoo News) New York Governor David Patterson on Saturday halted hydraulic fracturing operations in the state until July and ruled no hydraulic fracturing operations could take place until environmental regulators deem the process safe.  

Tougher Rules Proposed for Drilling Near Delaware River

December 9, 2010 ( - Susan Philips) The multi-state agency that protects the water flowing in the Delaware River has proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling industry.

Arkansas to Require Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure in January

December 8, 2010 (Platts) - Arkansas will begin requiring oil and natural gas producers that use hydraulic fracturing for their wells to disclose the composition of their fracturing fluids beginning January 15, 2011, the states Oil and Gas Commission ruled late Tuesday afternoon.

TX Railroad Commission’s Active, Ongoing Investigation of Parker County Water Well Complaint

December 7, 2010 (Texas Railroad Commission).Austin, TX ––The Railroad Commission of Texas has been notified that the Environmental Protection Agency is issuing an Endangerment Order for southern Parker County even though the Commission’s investigation is actively ongoing, and Commission staff have made no conclusions about possible sources of natural gas and hydrocarbons found in a water well.

Halliburton to Give EPA Hydraulic-Fracturing Data

December 7, 2010 (WSJ) WASHINGTON—Halliburton Co. agreed to provide the Obama administration with thousands of pages of data on hydraulic fracturing, ending a showdown between the company and the administration that led the Environmental Protection Agency to subpoena the documents in November.