Weekly News Roundup for March 3, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Activists in Maryland hope to convince lawmakers to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state. A moratorium on drilling operations ends in October.

More than 150 tons of oil were spilled into the Bay of Bengal, which is much […]

ATTOM Data and Greenfield Advisors: Oklahoma Foreclosure Activity Increased 19 Percent Over Past Two Years Along With Spike In Earthquake Activity and Drop in Oil Prices

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 6, 2016 — ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, and Greenfield Advisors (www.greenfieldadvisors.com), a leading economic and real estate research firm, today released an analysis of housing market trends in Oklahoma following the recent spike in earthquake activity in that […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 6, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Minnesota officials are taking steps to avoid a water crisis like Flint’s by understanding lead contamination prevention techniques.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that cities could not place limits on hydraulic fracturing operations because the ordinances cannot […]

More Links Between Fracking Operations and Earthquakes, Few Solutions

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, has been a boon to the oil industry in the United States. The technique pumps water and sand, along with some chemicals, into the ground to break up rock and free natural gas deposits.

In recent years, scientists have found those very chemicals in […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 19, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The City Council of Denton, Texas voted to repeal its ban on hydraulic fracturing after the state legislature passed a bill prohibiting fracking bans by local governments. The repeal is seen as a strategic move to reduce court costs […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 15, 2015

Here are some of the stories we have been following this week.

New York State recently granted the first banking trust charter for a bitcoin exchange in the United States.

The District of Columbia has sued a homeowner for operating an unlicensed business because he repeatedly used Airbnb to rent out […]

Beer and Fracking… What?

We’ve written a considerable number of blogposts on fracking, many of which deal with concerns about water. This one, however, is quite different, and I hope you find the perspective refreshing.

Common opponents to fracking include the usual suspects—environmentalists, residents concerned about environmental contamination, residents concerned about their property values, […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 1, 2015

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Airports all over the world use special chemicals to melt the snow and ice off airplane wings. However, a new study shows those chemicals are contaminating the soil around the airports.

A bill that would have banned fracking in the […]

Fracking and Earthquakes—More Connections and More Lawsuits

Ask anyone to name a major fault line in the United States. Most people will probably mention the infamous San Andreas Fault in California, the inspiration for plenty of disaster movies, TV shows, and books about earthquakes that destroy the city of Los Angeles and everything around it.

However, studies […]

Fracking-Related Earthquakes Causing Insurance Headaches

Last month a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the town of Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada. An earthquake of that magnitude, causing no damage, rarely makes international news. However, a quote from an Alberta Energy Regulator spokesperson  saying that “Preliminary information indicates the event may be related to hydraulic fracturing […]