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Study: Oklahoma’s daily small quakes raise risk of big ones

SAN JOSE, California — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, ...

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Texas housing up in the air over oil prices

A particular corner of the Houston housing market may have a shield against the current oil slump wafting through the city known for energy business. Even with low oil prices impacting jobs and the city’s overall economy, the home building companies of the area are optimistic that business will boom even within a temporary oil bust. The Houston Business Journal ...

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Local professor recalls discovery of radon

Isolated blackboard with periodic table, Radon

Radon, one of the two main causes of lung cancer, is a well-known household hazard — so much so that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated January national Radon Action Month. And it was a strange coincidence in a new eastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant 30 years ago that first brought the threat of radon to light. Today, the EPA and ...

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Minot officials to use $1.5M grant to buy ‘zombie homes’

manufactured home on truck

MINOT, N.D.  — City officials in Minot hope to use a $1.5 million grant from the state to buy some of the region’s derelict properties leftover from the 2011 Souris River flood and turn them into affordable houses. KXMC-TV in Minot reports the funding from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will go toward repurposing the estimated 250 so-called “zombie” homes ...

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Oil field housing developer plans for crude oil upswing

One opportunist in the Eagle Ford play is paying no mind to the current prices of crude oil and is setting his sights on future oil field worker housing development. The San Antonio Business journal reported that Michael Spencer, who manages San Antonio-based InVision Housing Solutions LLC, is in the midst of raising $5 million in capital to build new ...

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M SPACE’s latest housing development now available for rent in Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota –  Situated in the Northwest corner of McKenzie County, North Dakota, M SPACE’s newest housing development, Bison Run, is open for rent. This quiet community is located within minutes from downtown stores, restaurants, schools and the community center. It offers convenient access to major highways. Bison Run is the fifth community in McKenzie County built by M ...

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