US EPA study may soon impact fracking litigation (Oil and Gas Investor, 30 April) – “The study’s primary research questions focus on the following five stages of the “hydraulic fracturing water cycle” to evaluate potential impacts on the quality and quantity of drinking water…”
With no health registry, PA [Pennsylvania] doesn’t know the impact of fracking on health (Public Source, 30 April) -“Health departments in both New York and Maryland, which also lie atop the Marcellus Shale, are working on health studies. Those studies are funded by their respective state governments and their governors have refused to allow fracking until the studies are complete….While there is no state-funded health research of shale operations in Pennsylvania, there are some hospital initiatives, academic projects and smaller, community-centered health projects in the works….”
Le canton de Neuchatel vote un moratoire sur les forages d’hydrocarbures (RTS, 30 April) – The parliament of the district of Neuchatel (Switzerland) voted in favour of a 10 year drilling moratorium! British company Celtique Energie has wanted to start fracking in the Val-de-Travers. After a petition with over 10,000 signatures, the MPs voted 73 to 35 in favour of a moratorium.
Oil secrets stolen (TDN, 30 April) – “Earlier this month, Cadenhead told the judge-only trial in the New Plymouth District Court that Watchorn deliberately targeted and downloaded seismic and geotechnical information from Tag’s server which revealed the highly successful methods used by his company to find oil and gas in Taranaki.” Assuming such secrecy also bars governments from access to such information, how can regulators scrutinize the industry?
Close-up view of seabed mining hearings (TDN, 29 April)
In landmark ruling, Jury says fracking company must pay $3 million to sickened family (Think Progress, 23 April)
Work at wells pause (TDN, 23 April) – “According to an Origin Energy spokesman, production at the company’s Rimu, Kauri and Manutahi well sites was suspended two weeks ago as part of a routine operational review. “