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Editorial: On Earth Day 2015, clean water is on our mind

A lot of Earth Days have come and gone in the 45 years since the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded the annual observance. Around here, they’ve often passed with little notice beyond programs in our schools and sparsely attended observances by environmental groups. But this one feels different. This one should get more widespread notice around Fayetteville and the Cape ...

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Editorial: Earthquake mitigation

It is early yet, but so far, reduced earthquake activity in south-central Kansas supports state regulators’ action to curb deep underground wastewater disposal for oil and gas production. Since September, the region has experienced an average of 17 quakes of magnitude 2.0 or higher each month. That has led scientists and regulators to suspect that the injection of waste saltwater ...

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Texas House OKs rules to prohibit city fracking bans

Texas House

AUSTIN, Texas — Cities and counties in Texas could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under an oil and gas industry-backed measure overwhelmingly approved by the House. The bill passed Friday comes months after the city of Denton banned local fracking over environmental and safety concerns. That ordinance is now being challenged by lawsuits brought by the state and industry groups. ...

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OSHA: Fort Edward firm endangered employees

FORT EDWARD — A manufacturer of “phenolic balls” used in the fracking process for extracting oil and gas from rock formations is facing 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. The firm, A. Hyatt Ball Co., located at 1 School St., faces fines of up to $105,200 for the violations, which stemmed from an inspection launched after a complaint ...

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N.D. sees second consecutive monthly drop in oil output

North Dakota’s oil production declined in February for the second consecutive month as drilling new wells slackened amid low oil prices. State regulators said Tuesday that February’s output was just short of 1.18 million barrels per day, down 50,435 daily barrels since December, which was the state’s all-time high. It was the first consecutive two-month drop since January 2011. The ...

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Caelus plans fracking technology with a twist at Nuna

When Caelus Energy begins development of its Nuna project on the North Slope it will employ technologies borrowed from the Lower 48 shale oil industry, but with a twist. The company plans to use large-scale hydraulic fracturing on its oil production wells, though not to the degree used in the North Dakota Bakken and the Texas Eagleford shale producing regions. ...

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Industry still failing at transparency

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report identifying the top 10 oil and gas companies based on spills and legal violations from operations. Moreover, in their endeavor the NRDC along with the Frac Tracker Alliance found that only three out the 36 states with active oil and gas operations make information about companies’ spills and legal ...

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‘Fight Club’ actor speaks out against fracking

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In films, he’s played poker with Matt Damon and fought with Brad Pitt. Now actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to the anti-fracking campaign in Maryland. A radio ad released by the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign is running Tuesday featuring the “Fight Club” actor, who grew up in Columbia, Maryland. In the ad, he urges listeners ...

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