If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to start receiving the newsletter. A fracturing test site in West Virginia has quietly made a data trove available on the website of the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab. Times are still financially tough for many shale operators: Sanchez Energy and Halcón Resources become the latest to file for Chapter 11 protection. Texas regulators rejected a rare challenge to gas flaring in the state after an oil company argued that a flaring ban would force it to shut in wells, damaging the reservoir and reducing future oil production. The country’s largest producer of oil and gas is leading the charge to create a domestic shale boom.