Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)


Thu January 19, 2012

Halliburton to Build $20 Million Sand Terminal in Windsor


Houston-based Halliburton has announced plans to build a $20 million sand terminal in Windsor to support hydraulic fracturing operations in the region.

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Wed January 18, 2012

Fracking: El Paso County the Latest to Recieve Attorney General Warning

Consider this your daily dose of fracking, just without the fluids. Pardon the poor taste in puns, but the process, short for "hydraulic fracturing", seems to be in the news just about once an hour these days and today is no exception.

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Thu January 12, 2012

Colorado Wildlife Commissioners Authorize Drilling in State Park

A drilling rig near Longmont, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners have voted unanimously to authorize limited oil and gas development within a state park east of Longmont.  The decision giving the initial go ahead to Anadarko Petroleum’s controversial proposal at St. Vrain State Park follows nearly a year of review.

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Mon January 9, 2012

Drilling Bans Highlight Ambiguity in Colorado Law

In 2009, then Governor Bill Ritter pushed through sweeping changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations.  The goal was to better protect the environment and public health from drilling.

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Wed January 4, 2012

How Fracking Wastewater Is Tied To Quakes

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 1:00 pm

With the skyline of Youngstown, Ohio, in the distance, a brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC is seen in Youngstown on Jan. 4. The company has halted operations at the well, which disposes of brine used in gas and oil drilling, after a series of small earthquakes hit the Youngstown area.
Amy Sancetta AP

Small earthquakes in Ohio and Arkansas associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas have taken many people by surprise. Gas industry executives say there's no hard evidence that their activities are causing these quakes. But some scientists say it's certainly possible; in fact, people have been causing quakes for years.

In the 1960s, geologists realized that gold mines in South Africa had created small earthquakes. Caverns dug into the earth thousands of feet below the surface collapsed. The "pancake" effect caused quakes — in one case a magnitude-5.2 temblor.

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