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State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and ...

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Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several small to moderate earthquakes in Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake. The temblor was recorded at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, 1 mile north of Luther — or 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries or damage are reported. The quake is one of ...

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Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of a damaging earthquake hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability. In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday ...

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Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State regulators are asking oil and gas producers in central Oklahoma to restrict wastewater disposal operations to help temper a sharp increase in the number and severity of earthquakes. Monday’s request covers more than 400 wells across 5,200 square miles. It comes after a similar directive in February covering nearly 250 wells in northwestern Oklahoma. Scientists ...

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Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than ...

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Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater. That could change this year, as angry residents have been increasingly turning up at town hall meetings and legislative hearings ...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s response to earthquakes spurs further debate

The earthquakes just keep coming. Four days after a 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded southwest of Cherokee, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded Monday near Hennessey and Tuesday a 3.0 magnitude quake sprang up about 40 miles southeast of Norman, capping off a run of 23 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher in a seven-day period. In response to Thursday’s ...

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3 earthquakes rattle parts of state near site of 4.7 quake

earthquakes, cherokee oklahoma

CHEROKEE, Okla. — Three earthquakes have rattled parts of Oklahoma near the site of last week’s 4.7 magnitude temblor. The U.S. Geological Survey says earthquakes of 4.4, 3.5 and 3.0 magnitudes were recorded Monday afternoon near the town of Cherokee. There were no immediate reports of damage. Last Thursday, a magnitude 4.7 quake near that town shook parts of northern ...

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Railroad Commission says injection wells not linked to Azle earthquakes

The Texas Railroad Commission agreed Tuesday that two wastewater injection wells northwest of Fort Worth did not cause a rash of earthquakes more than a year ago. Commissioners unanimously agreed with hearing examiners that there was insufficient evidence to support findings that wells controlled by EnerVest Operating and XTO Energy near Reno and Azle contributed to seismic activity. The commissioners ...

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