News & Updates

Gov. Hoeven tells EPA that N.D. can handle fracturing

May 16, 2010 (Bismarck Tribune) Gov. John Hoeven has had a series of meetings with Environmental Protection Agency leaders as the agency moves forward with a process that could end in its regulation of an oil drilling process known as fracturing.

IOGCC Ready to Play Leadership Role in EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study

April 2010 (IOGCC) On behalf of the nation’s 38 oil and natural gas producing states, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) stepped forward to lead as one of the most prominent stakeholders in the hydraulic fracturing study.

Panel Recommends Against Life Cycle Fracking Study

April 9, 2010 (Clean  An EPA panel says the agency should not take a look at the full life-cycle of hydraulic fracturing when it conducts a study of the controversial natural gas drilling method for Congress starting later this year.

Halliburton Hunts New Bacteria Killer to Protect Shale-Gas Boom

March 29, 2010 (Bloomberg) -- Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd., trying to forestall a regulatory crackdown that would cut natural-gas drilling,

BP, Others Push Against Federal Regulation of Fracturing

March 23, 2010 (New York Times) BP America Inc. and two other oil and gas companies are lobbying for the new Senate climate and energy bill to recommend against federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing.

EPA Initiates Hydraulic Fracturing Study: Agency seeks input from Science Advisory Board

March 18, 2010 (WASHINGTON)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will conduct a comprehensive research study

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Anthony defends drilling technique

February 26, 2010 (Tom Lindley, The Journal Record via WaterWorld) Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Anthony said Friday he isn't troubled by a U.S. House probe nto the escalation of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing

Gas pains: Probe, study target fracturing technique

February 23, 2010 (Editorial, NewsOK) U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif, and Edward Markey, D-Mass., are investigating fracturing for its alleged environmental effects.

Energy Industry Reps Greet House Fracking Probe with Shrug

February 22, 2010 (New York Times - Katie Howell). Energy industry insiders say a new House probe of hydraulic fracturing is unlikely to hinder development of new domestic shale gas plays

EPA official: State Regulators are doing a good job overseeing hydrofracking

February 15, 2010 (Fox Business News). State regulators are doing a good job overseeing a key natural gas production technique called hydrofracking and there's no evidence the process causes water contamination, a senior federal environment official said Monday.