Source: The Gazette, Colorado, April 1, 2013
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A wave of oil and gas exploration in El Paso County may be short-lived.
Ultra Resources has shelved plans for drilling in the area after its wells in eastern El Paso County produced disappointing results; Ultra is waiting to see what another company, Hilcorp Energy, uncovers.
But critics of drilling aren’t being complacent; they’ve called for a measure on the November ballot to allow a vote to ban oil and gas drilling within the city. Although proposed drilling regulations were rejected recently by the Colorado Springs City Council in a 4-to-4 tie vote, that doesn’t prevent oil and gas companies from drilling on agricultural-zoned property within the city under state permits.
The local debate mirrors ones at the state and national levels about the benefits and dangers of oil and gas drilling; those discussions have largely focused on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The process, which is not new, forces a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into subsurface rock formations under high pressure, creating fissures from which petroleum products can be extracted.
Proponents of drilling point to the promise of energy independence and economic benefits. Critics say fracking poisons water supplies and causes air pollution.
But how real are those dangers?
“When properly conducted, modern fracking is a safe, sophisticated, highly engineered and controlled procedure,” the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission states on its website.…
Source: http://articles.philly.com, January 3, 2013
By: Thomas W. Merrill and David M. Schizer
In the new movie Promised Land, Matt Damon plays an energy worker in rural Pennsylvania who has a crisis of conscience about the environmental risks of the drilling method known as fracking. But the reality is much more promising than Promised Land suggests. If regulated effectively, fracking can contribute enormously to U.S. growth and energy independence while combating climate change.
The United States has massive deposits of natural gas and oil in shale formations, much of them in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale and elsewhere in the Northeast. For many years, extraction from these formations was not commercially feasible. But this has changed dramatically in the past five years due to the development of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which pumps fluid into formations at high pressure, cracking the rock and releasing the oil or gas inside.
As a result of fracking, the United States now has a natural-gas glut. Prices are a third of what they were in 2008 – when we were planning to import the fuel. Last month, the International Energy Agency projected that the United States will become the world’s largest natural-gas producer by 2015, surpassing Russia and Iran, and the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, surpassing Saudi Arabia.
This astonishing turn of events offers enormous benefits for our economy, security, and environment. The decline in natural-gas prices has enhanced consumer purchasing power and triggered a manufacturing boom. Recent studies indicate that fracking has added 1.7 million American jobs and 0.5 percent in annual gross domestic product growth.
In addition, since many of the nations that produce oil and gas are unstable or hostile to America, it is better to be less dependent on them.…
Source: The Medina-Gazette, March 15, 2012
By: Jennifer Pignolet
Two Granger Township couples filed federal lawsuits against Landmark 4 LLC seeking damages for contamination of their properties they allege is from hydraulic gas and oil drilling in the area.
On Tuesday, Mark and Sandra Mangan and William and Stephanie Boggs filed separate suits in U.S. District Court.
In December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determined the two State Road homes pose a public health hazard because of methane gas in the water lines.
According to the lawsuits, Landmark 4, began operating two gas wells at Allardale Park, about a half-mile from the two properties, in 2008.
A news release from Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co. LPA, the law firm representing the couples, said its clients contend they have lost value on their homes as well as quality of life as a result of fracking gone wrong.
“The Plaintiffs charge that Landmark 4 LLC was negligent in the drilling, construction and operation of the Allard Wells and allowed pollutants, including fracking fluid, to be discharged into the ground or into the waters near Plaintiffs’ homes and water wells,” the release said. “The lawsuits further allege that the plaintiffs’ water wells have been contaminated, and that they have been and continue to be exposed to hazardous chemicals, including barium, manganese and strontium.”
Sandra Mangan said Wednesday the families were deferring all comments to their attorneys.…