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

Fracking rig in backyard in Justin, Texas

Fracking rig in backyard in Justin, Texas, courtesy of Jeremy Buckingham, CC BY 2.0.

  • In June 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released 20 rules it was considering to regulate and oversee fracking in the state. However, today only one of those rules is in effect in Ohio, and its only focus is on the construction of well pads.
  • The Obama administration has proposed new regulations requiring oil and gas operations to reduce methane gas emissions on public lands. A 2010 GAO report suggested that roughly 40% of natural gas vented on onshore federal leases could be economically captured with technologies available at the time.
  • Two proposed oil train projects that would travel through northern California will be coming up for key votes in the coming weeks. Officials are recommending that at least one of the plans be denied.
  • In Ohio, lead poisoning concerns forced education officials to close three schools in one village.