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OIPA News - Hydraulic fracturing

Five facts about Duke’s latest anti-shale study

October 03, 2013

The Duke team is at it again, this time with a new study that claims to have found “elevated levels of radioactivity” in a western Pennsylvania creek, which they blame on wastewater generated by Marcellus Shale development. But a closer look at the study, and the facts, tells another story — a story far different from what you’ve probably already seen in the media. Full Story >>

Oil and Gas Roundup — Jan. 23

January 23, 2014

A roundup of oil and natural gas industry news from around the state, nation and world:
Oklahoma tribe sees CNG as 'fuel of the future'
Booming oil and gas production curbing inflation, consumer prices
Gulf Coast Project begins delivering crude oil to Nederland, Texas
It's all boom, no gloom in near future for Utica Shale
Energy Secretary Moniz brushes aside talk of lifting oil-export ban
Pickens criticizes push to lift ban on US crude exports Full Story >>

Cimarex's Jorden speaks to Wildcatters

January 10, 2014

Cimarex President, CEO and Chairman Tom Jorden spoke at January’s Wildcatter Wednesday Luncheon at the Tulsa Country Club and delivered a stirring view of the oil and gas industry’s positive effect on the world.

“We are in the middle of an energy revolution that’s changing the world,” Jorden said. “And the amazing thing about it is it’s so obvious to those of us in this room, and yet the American public doesn’t see it. Politicians don’t see it. Policymakers don’t see it. The media doesn’t see it. And yet underneath us there’s a groundswell that’s changing the world.” Full Story >>

VIDEO: Shale brings jobs back to America

February 17, 2014

A new video from Energy In Depth released this week features the thousands of jobs that are returning to the United States thanks to shale development. Full Story >>

IOGCC head defends fracking

January 14, 2010

Former OIPA Chairman Mike Smith, who now heads the IOGCC, came to the defense of hydraulic fracturing during a Q&A with the state's largest newspaper. Smith says the 60-year-old technology has proven to be safe, and additional regulations would result in an expensive delay for oil and gas producers. Full Story >>

Freeze the frack

January 14, 2010

With the nation's environmental attention focused for the moment on hydraulic fracturing, one Canadian company claims it has a solution. Full Story >>

Read the fine print

December 17, 2009

Exxon's planned purchase of XTO could hinge on Congress putting more regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

New Yorkers go crazy for fracking

November 12, 2009

A New York City public hearing on natural gas drilling descends into chaos. Maybe it is true if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Full Story >>

Another day, another attack

August 11, 2009

The western U.S. has become a breeding ground for opposition to the oil and natural gas industry, and the newest attack comes on film. Full Story >>

Inhofe explains fracking in Senate

July 28, 2009

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, delivered a floor speech highlighting the nation's vast reserve of energy resources recoverable through hydraulic fracturing techniques. Full Story >>

Utility regulators oppose fracking regs

July 24, 2009

Oklahoma's Corporation Commissioners have already joined the growing list of those opposed to federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, and now they're signing up their friends. Full Story >>

DeGette pursues hearing, study on fracing

July 10, 2009

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is moving ahead with her bill to put hydraulic fracturing under federal oversight while also seeking a study to gather more data on the practice. Full Story >>

Fleming gets first-hand look at fracing

July 08, 2009

The U.S. Congressman, opposed to changes in the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, tours a Chesapeake drilling site in the Haynesville Shale. Full Story >>

Impacts estimated for fracing regulations

July 02, 2009

Federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing would cost the United States billions of dollars and decrease oil and natural gas exploration by 20 percent. Full Story >>

Salazar: Fracking disclosure coming

December 01, 2010

During a public meeting on hydraulic fracturing, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said companies drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands may soon be required to disclose the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

Anti-fracking propaganda has gotten out of hand

November 12, 2010

It's officially gone too far. Spurred by the Josh Fox documentary "Gasland," Hollywood is cashing in on the anti-natural gas rhetoric. Full Story >>

Laredo's Foutch speaks to Wildcatters

November 03, 2016

Laredo Petroleum founder, chairman and CEO Randy A. Foutch spoke to the OIPA’s Wildcatters Wednesday Luncheon in Tulsa on Nov. 2. Full Story >>

EPA's fracking study panel comes with controversial candidates

September 21, 2010

The American energy Alliance points out 50 out of 82 “experts” identified by EPA as potential participants for the agency's peer review panel on hydraulic fracturing oppose the use of the technology. Full Story >>

Chief Oil & Gas discloses frac fluids

September 02, 2010

The natural gas industry has balked at recent attempts to force drillers to disclose what fluids are used in the hydraulic fracturing process, but Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas has announced it will share its secrets. Full Story >>

Wyoming to implement new rules on fracking

August 30, 2010

As a nationwide debate continues on hydraulic fracturing, Wyoming regulators are taking steps to require drillers to detail the chemicals used in the process and other drilling operations. Full Story >>

Senate preps for energy duel

July 28, 2010

Battle lines are being drawn in the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders unveiled its energy bill. Full Story >>

Environmentalists use offshore spill to push onshore regulations

July 26, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has given environmentalists new hope in pushing for more stringent regulations on oil and gas production in the United States. Full Story >>

Leading Democrat tells Pelosi to leave fracking regs to states

July 19, 2010

North Dakota's Earl Pomeroy, a noted Blue Dog Democrat the the U.S. House of Representatives, is asking leadership to turn down any new regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

EPA seeks public comments on fracking

June 30, 2010

The EPA has announced four public informational meetings to seek stakeholder input into developing its proposed plan to study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. Stakeholders are requested to pre-register online at least 72 hours before each meeting. Full Story >>

EPA study confirms hydraulic fracturing is no threat to drinking water

June 16, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a long-awaited, exhaustive study on hydraulic fracturing’s effects on drinking water.

In a nutshell: It has none.

Full Story >>

UPDATED House committee to consider fracking regulations today

May 26, 2010

Rep. Diane DeGette, D-Colo., is expected to offer an amendment today in the House Energy and Commerce Committee requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

Tempers flare at hearing on EPA policies

May 25, 2011

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told a House committee that she favored natural gas production and said she didn’t know of any “proven case” in which hydraulic fracturing had affected drinking water. Lisa Jackson's comments came during questioning from U.S. lawmakers, who chastised the EPA for injecting uncertainty into energy development and slowing job growth.
Full Story >>

North Dakota governor tells EPA fracking is under control

May 20, 2010

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has had a series of meetings with EPA leaders, telling them, effectively, that things are under control. Full Story >>

Oil and Gas Roundup — May 11

May 11, 2015

A roundup of oil and natural gas industry news from around the state, nation and world:
Oklahoma drilling rig count drops by six to 102
Natural gas rises to seven-week high as warmer weather boosts demand
Scientists dispute theory linking hydraulic fracturing to earthquakes
Colorado health officials debunk Lung Association’s ozone ‘Report Card’
Costs are dropping in the Eagle Ford, producer says
UK election results: good for shale gas, bad for onshore wind Full Story >>

EPA chief defends fracking study

April 29, 2010

The head of the EPA defended the agency's newest study of hydraulic fracturing in Congress, saying the completion technique could contaminate water supplies. Full Story >>

Sullivan says federal fracking oversight unnecessary

April 28, 2010

Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan, along with Arkansas Democrat Mike Ross, called on their fellow lawmakers to resist efforts to increase federal regulation on hydraulic fracturing. Full Story >>

Inhofe blasts EPA attempts to 'crucify' oil and gas

April 26, 2012

UPDATE: EPA region 6 administrator Al Armendariz has resigned after Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla, made public Armendariz's 2010 remarks that he sought to "crucify" companies that don't follow environmental regulations.  Top administrator Lisa Jackson accepted Armendariz's resignation. "I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency," Jackson said in a statement.

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Another day, another anti-frac documentary

March 30, 2010

Hydraulic fracturing and natural gas in general have become hot topics for documentary makers. Some show the benefits of energy exploration. Most don't. 
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Thompson defends hydraulic fracturing

March 01, 2010

State Rep. Mike Thompson came to the defense of hydraulic fracturing in an opinion piece in The Oklahoman, saying federal investigations into the commonly-used oilfield technique have been driven by environmental extremists. Full Story >>

OIPA answers hydraulic fracturing questions

February 23, 2010

OIPA President Mike Terry answered questions about hydraulic fracturing from the state's largest newspaper. Full Story >>

Offshore restrictions headed onshore

December 31, 1969

BP's accident in the Gulf of Mexico could lead to tighter restrictions for onshore producers as lawmakers continue to weight the safety procedures for drilling. Full Story >>

Energy dominates opinion page

December 31, 1969

OIPA board member Mike Cantrell, acting in his role of president of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, and Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony offered their opinions on energy production in the state's largest newspaper. Full Story >>