Study: Harmful bacteria thrive in water contaminated near drilling
Texas researchers say they've found harmful bacteria in contaminated groundwater near Texas shale drilling sites, saying the discovery could explain some of the more unusual maladies claimed by neighbors of oil and gas production.
N.C. drilling saga continues with clash on canceled meeting
The debate over whether to drill for gas in North Carolina has been a yearslong story of political intrigue, legal wrangling and lots of press releases.
PHMSA leaders say rollbacks can improve safety
NEW ORLEANS — Top federal pipeline regulators said yesterday that Trump-era regulatory rollbacks can improve safety.
Now it's oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater
HOLDENVILLE, Okla. — It's no longer just environmentalists who suspect hydraulic fracturing is contaminating groundwater. Oil companies here in Oklahoma — ones that produce from older vertical wells — have raised that prospect as they complain about the practices of their larger brethren.
2 wells, 1 patch of dirt. Who gets the oil?
OKARCHE, Okla. — A unique set of rules has evolved in this oil-driven state that allows two companies to pump oil from the same patch of dirt, sometimes in the same formation. But it's not going smoothly. Instead, it has left a trail of older wells damaged by "frack hits," flummoxed state regulators and started a civil war within the state's singularly powerful oil industry.