More rural water wells polluted in Barnett Shale

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As Texas oil and gas regulators continue to deny any link between drilling and underground water contamination, more families’ water supplies turn up polluted. PALO PINTO COUNTY, Texas – Top state oil and gas officials have said it repeatedly: There is no credible link between fracking and groundwater contamination.
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After years of spills, N.D. still deciding how to handle pipeline leaks

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Almost a year after a leaking pipeline spilled 1,000 barrels of salty brine, the hillside below the site is reduced to bare dirt. A trench flanked by an orange safety fence cuts down the slope. Plastic pipes run alongside an unnamed creek at the bottom of the hill.
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North Dakota oil well spewing after weekend blowout

The cause of the blowout remains unknown, though state officials surmise it may have been caused by hydraulic fracturing of a nearby well in a situation referred to in the industry as “communication” between wells. Thick gray smoke rose from the Helling Trust 11-15H well site on Monday afternoon as dozens of tractor-trailers hauled in vacuum trucks and other cleanup equipment.




North Dakota may let more oil wells be temporarily idled

An aerial view of an oil well site near Watford City, North Dakota
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D., Sept 14 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil regulators said on Monday they may allow more wells to be temporarily abandoned, a step that would permit producers to delay fracking beyond the typical one-year window and prevent even more crude from flooding onto global markets.

Bergen County Freeholders vote to oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

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The Bergen County Freeholders voted on Wednesday to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline, citing health, safety and environmental concerns over the proposed underground pipeline that would carry crude oil and its byproducts between New York and New Jersey. The measure passed by a vote of 5-1, with Freeholder John Felice casting the lone dissenting vote and Freeholder Tom Sullivan Jr.

Albany County, New York prepares to go to court over oil trains

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ALBANY — Concern about crude oil trains, is bringing about legal action in Albany County. The Albany County Executive made the announcement Tuesday. Bebe White lives in the Ezra Prentice homes with his 6-year-old son. His backyard, backs up to trains. He is concerned about the ones that carry crude oil.