U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday halted nearly 300 oil and gas leases on a large section of federal land in Montana that had been approved by an agency of the Interior Department and ordered the agency to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of the impact of fracking on drinking water.

District Court Judge Brian Morris said in his ruling that the Bureau of Land Management … [more…]

Trump plan to allow new fracking on California coast, Central Valley moves forward

photo: oil and gas exploitation on public lands in California.

Photo: Hydraulic fracturing is currently used on between 10 to 20 percent of all oil and gas wells on public lands in Central California managed by the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office. COURTESY OF BLM, BAKERSFIELD FIELD OFFICE.

The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with its plan to open up federal land in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast to more oil and gas drilling, including fracking.

The … [more…]

Fracking linked to increased hospitalizations for skin, genital and urinary issues in Pennsylvania

photo: more fracking related to more hospitalizations

Rashes, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones requiring hospital stays are more common in areas with more drilling, according to a new study

Fracking may put Pennsylvania communities at greater risk for skin, genital, and urinary diseases, according to new research.

The study, which will be published in the March issue of the journal Public Health, looked at hospital records in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties from 2003–2014.

Researchers found that … [more…]

Texas energy group takes issue with Duke University water study

photo. Texas energy group takes issue with Duke University water study

Dusty Read checks the clean water tank Dec. 5, 2017 at Challenger Water Solutions’ water recycling system demonstration facility. Consisting of a control room container and two containers that do the actual water cleaning, the entire system can be transported on two semi trucks. The system, primarily focused on oil fracking operations at the moment, is price competitive with pumping ground water according to the company. Photo: William Luther, Staff [more…]

Intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing

Map of water stress and shale plays; hydraulic fracturing


Unconventional oil and gas exploration in the United States has experienced a period of rapid growth, followed by several years of limited production due to falling and low natural gas and oil prices. Throughout this transition, the water use for hydraulic fracturing and wastewater production in major shale gas and oil production regions has increased; from 2011 to 2016, the water use per well increased up to 770%, while … [more…]