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For earthquake study, Kansas extends limits on wastewater from drilling

State officials on Thursday extended oil-waste dumping rules that were put in place to try to reduce earthquakes in southern Kansas oil fields. The main idea: Scientists have identified underground disposal of drilling wastewater as a probable cause of the earthquakes that have rattled homes and nerves in Harper and Sumner counties south of Wichita since 2013. In March, the ...

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Schlumberger inks 15-year deal for exclusive use of new fracking tech

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), the world’s largest oilfield services provider, has entered into a deal with Energy Recovery Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII), initially valued at $125 million, for the exclusive rights to use the first hydraulic fracturing manifold system designed to isolate fracking pumps from abrasive proppants that can cause pump failure. Energy Recovery Inc. manufactures energy recovery devices for the oil and gas ...

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Bakken water supply: Program allowing irrigation water for fracking ends

Infrastructure in western North Dakota is finally catching up with demand, evident in the state engineer’s office discontinuation of a program which allowed farmers to sell irrigation water for use in the oil and gas industry. As reported by the Forum News Service (FNS), in 2011, the engineer’s office created the Industrial Water Use in Lieu of Irrigation Policy in ...

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150-car train delivers sand to oil and gas hub in New Mexico

LOVING, N.M. — A 150-car freight train recently delivered 16,500 tons of sand for oil and gas fracking to a facility in southeastern New Mexico. Rangeland Energy said the unit train powered by five locomotives started its journey in Ottawa, Illinois, arriving Oct. 2 in Loving. The train was operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and finished its journey on ...

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Is nuclear the key to Michigan’s carbon-free future?

For those who dream of weaning Michigan off fossil fuels, most visions for the future have solar panels and wind turbines blanketing the state. But could the key to low-carbon nirvana lie in a less popular power source that has been here and operational for over 50 years? Nuclear energy currently produces about 23% of total power generation in Michigan ...

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Judge grants preliminary injunction of federal hydraulic fracturing rule

U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott W. Skavdahl granted a preliminary injunction of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule on Wednesday. The ruling blocks new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect, according to the Associated Press and a statement by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). Earlier this summer, ...

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Lee Commissioners may seek fracking ‘timeout’

SANFORD — Lee County commissioners are expected to consider a moratorium this month that could keep fracking out of the county for two years. Amy Dalrymple, chairwoman of the county Board of Commissioners, said a moratorium similar to the one adopted last month by Chatham County commissioners will be on the Lee County commissioners’ agenda for their Sept. 21 meeting. ...

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Thai villagers say gas drilling sickens them, ruins crops

BANGKOK — More than 100 students and villagers crowded into a northeast Thailand college forum to hear about American gas companies conducting drilling operations in their region. A lieutenant colonel and dozens of soldiers and police officers followed them in. The armed police began photographing members of the crowd, a menacing move in a country now run by a military ...

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