05.09.13

Youngstown fracking ban defeated

Youngstown voters rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have banned hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - within city limits.

 

05.09.13

Kasich balks at anti-fracking charter amendment

Gov. John Kasich, on a visit to the Mahoning Valley today, balked at a proposed charter amendment to ban fracking in Youngstown.

 

04.23.13

Interior chief Jewell: 'One size doesn't fit all' on fracking

Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell, a former drilling engineer in Oklahoma, said: "Fracking as a technique has been around for decades... I have performed the procedure myself very safely."

 

04.05.13

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined in 2012

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 were the lowest in the United States since 1994, at 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2. With the exception of 2010, emissions have declined every year since 2007.

 

04.04.13

Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Broad Support

As the Obama administration approaches a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a national survey finds broad public support for the project.

 

04.02.13

European industry flocks to U.S. to take advantage of cheaper gas

The gap in natural gas prices has opened quickly, leaving companies that make investment decisions years in advance scrambling to catch up. As recently as 2007, U.S. natural gas prices were only about 20 percent lower than Europe's, not enough to fundamentally reshape markets.

 

03.21.13

Companies, environmentalists agree on new fracking rules

Some of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies have made peace with environmentalists, agreeing to a voluntary set of tough new standards for fracking in the Northeast that could lead to a major expansion of drilling.

 

03.19.13

The New Truck Stop: Filling Up With Natural Gas for the Long Haul

All along the millions of miles of highways that crisscross North America, wheels are in motion to remake the truck stop.

 

03.05.13

Keystone XL pipeline clears hurdle as State report downplays climate impact

A draft State Department report concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not speed up development of Canada's oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists who claim Keystone would worsen climate change.

 

02.05.13

5 things you need to know about fracking

Fracking is short for "hydraulic fracturing," and the catch-all term used to describe the process of extracting oil and natural gas from shale rock formations deep underground. The process goes roughly like this: A company drills down more than a mile deep into the shale rock formations. Then comes what is known as "horizontal drilling" - effectively, the drilling turns 90 degrees, so that the well is exposed to more rock than it would be otherwise.