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British Green lawmaker cleared over fracking protest

Britain's only Green Party lawmaker vowed to pursue her fight against fracking after being cleared Tuesday of two offences at a protest against the fossil fuel extraction technique. Caroline Lucas was found not guilty by a judge at Brighton Magistrates Court in Sussex, southern England, of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence. Four co-defendants were also cleared. "We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking. Protest is the lifeblood of democracy," Lucas said.

Green party British lawmaker cleared of criminal charges stemming from anti-fracking protest

LONDON - Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction. Caroline Lucas was arrested in August after she and other demonstrators linked arms outside a fracking site near the southern English village of Balcombe. She was charged with obstructing a public highway and a public order offence. Lucas and four others were acquitted Thursday at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

AP Photos: A fracking boom pushes Colorado's oil production to its highest level in 50 years

MEAD, Colo. - Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver. The hydraulic fracturing operation, also known as "fracking," and others like it pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with fine sand and chemicals, deep underground to split the rock, and make the oil — and dollars — flow.

Nova Scotia to begin removing fracking waste water from Debert next week

TRURO, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government says a company will start next week disposing of two million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water held in Debert. Environment Minister Randy Delorey presented details of the pilot project Wednesday evening at a community meeting in Truro. Delorey says he became satisfied that the plan can proceed safely after considering the community's concerns and reviewing tests of the treated water.

SWN Resources proposing test wells in New Brunswick, but no fracking for now

FREDERICTON - The company at the centre of a fracking controversy in New Brunswick said Wednesday it hopes to drill four test wells next year that will help determine the location of shale gas deposits in Queens and Kent counties. If the project is approved, SWN Resources Canada said the vertical holes, known as stratigraphic test wells, would extend several thousand metres below the surface in Pangburn, Bronson, Galloway and Lower Saint-Charles.

SWN Resources proposing test wells in New Brunswick, but no fracking for now

FREDERICTON - The company at the centre of a fracking controversy in New Brunswick said Wednesday it hopes to drill four test wells next year that will help determine the location of shale gas deposits in Queens and Kent counties. If the project is approved, SWN Resources Canada said the vertical holes, known as stratigraphic test wells, would extend several thousand metres below the surface in Pangburn, Bronson, Galloway and Lower Saint-Charles.

France's Total says dropped shale gas licence in Poland

French oil giant Total said Monday it has decided not to renew its only shale gas exploration licence in Poland, the latest setback in the country's efforts to grow the sector. Several other big-name energy firms have already stopped exploring for shale gas in the EU member, which has been championing its reserves in an effort to ensure energy independence from Russia. Warsaw has long sought ways to guarantee its energy security but the desire is now all the more urgent given the East-West standoff over the Ukraine crisis.

France's Total drops shale gas exploration in Poland

French oil giant Total has abandoned efforts to explore for shale gas in Poland, the country's environment ministry said Monday, amid controversy over the energy source in Europe. "Their exploration licence expired on April 1 and Total has not requested a renewal," ministry spokesman Pawel Mikusek told AFP, without giving a reason for the decision. He said it was Total's only licence in Poland, for a field in the east of the country. Total Poland declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas. Opposition is fierce in the tiny remote village of Pungesti near the border with Moldova which has become a symbol of hostility to the environmentally controversial techniques of extracting shale gas. "In other countries, I have not experienced this type of protest", said grim-faced drill site-manager for Chevron, Greg Murphy.

Ohio links fracking to earthquakes, announces tougher rules

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Recent small earthquakes in Ohio were likely triggered by fracking, state regulators said on Friday, a new link that could have implications for oil and gas drilling in the Buckeye State and beyond. In the strongest wording yet from the state linking energy drilling and quakes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas may have produced tremors in Poland Township last month.
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