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U.S. proposal to move fracking wastewater by barge stirs debate

Timothy Gardner, Reuters
The Obama administration is inching ahead with a plan that would allow wastewater from fracking to be shipped on barges, fueling a debate whether it is safer than other transportation modes or risks polluting drinking water.

The Coast Guard last month quietly sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget a proposal to allow the barging of fracking wastewater. If the plan is pushed forward, it would become a proposed rule open for public comment and could be finalized sometime in the near future.

Energy analysts say action on the barge issue could be a hint at how the Obama administration will approach fracking regulation in the coming years…
(3 April 2013)


More Financial Worries Coming to Light in Domestic Shale Drilling Industry

Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog

Image RemovedMore Financial Worries Coming to Light in Domestic Shale Drilling Industry (via Desmogblog)

Virtually anyone who has followed the onshore drilling bonanza knows the name Aubrey McClendon and the company he co-founded, Chesapeake Energy. McClendon was the hard-driving CEO and chairman of one of America’s most aggressive drilling companies, but he was brought down earlier this year after…