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California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

Technology
California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history. The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new wells that use high-pressure steam to extract oil from underground. It’s the type of process Chevron uses at an oil field in the Central Valley that leaked more than 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of oil and water this summer. That process is different from fracking, which uses water and other chemicals at high pressure to extract oil. California has 263 pending fracking permits but has no
Fracking halted after government pulls support

Fracking halted after government pulls support

Business
The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction - or fracking - in England amid fears about earthquakes.It comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice. Fracking has been suspended since a tremor in Lancashire in August.Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said shale gas had "huge potential" but the government was "no longer convinced" it could be extracted safely.Fracking was suspended after activity by Cuadrilla Resources - the only company licensed to carry out the process - at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire caused a magnitude 2.9 earthquake.Mrs Leadsom said: "After reviewing the OGA's report into recent seismic ac...
Cuadrilla suspends fracking after biggest tremor yet

Cuadrilla suspends fracking after biggest tremor yet

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Cuadrilla has suspended fracking at Britain's only shale gas exploration site after it recorded its biggest tremor yet.Operations were paused for 18 hours after what it called a "micro seismic" event of magnitude 1.55 was detected at 8.46pm on Wednesday. Work was halted several times last year due to minor tremors and it was only last week that Cuadrilla said it was resuming fracking at the Preston New Road site in Little Plumpton, near Blackpool in Lancashire.The magnitude of the latest event was bigger than the previous largest recorded - at 1.5 - last December.Cuadrilla said Wednesday's tremor was only equivalent to "a large bag of shopping dropping to the floor" and that "most local people ...
Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated

Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated

Science
Previous projections of the potential amount of shale gas under the UK may have been significantly overestimated, according to a new study.Instead of 50 years of gas at the current rate of consumption, this new research suggests there are just 5-7 years' supply. But the UK's fracking industry, which represents companies like Cuadrilla, dismissed the report. The said the sample size was too small to draw serious conclusions.The recovery of shale gas through hydraulic fracturing or fracking has been a slow moving and controversial affair in the UK over the past decade. Attempts by oil and gas companies to drill wells and extract gas have been held up by planning issues, concerns about earth tremors and public displays of disaffecti...
Fracking commissioner resigns after six months

Fracking commissioner resigns after six months

Business
The UK's shale gas commissioner is resigning after just six months, saying fracking is being throttled by rules preventing mini earthquakes. Current government rules mean fracking must be suspended every time a 0.5 magnitude tremor is detected.But Natascha Engel said this cautious approach to earth tremors had created a de facto ban on fracking.Green campaigners say fracking is deeply damaging to the environment - but Ms Engel dismissed those claims.In her resignation letter to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, Ms Engel said government was "pandering to what we know to be myths and scare stories" about shale gas extraction.She told BBC News that when she took up the post, there had been a...