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Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON – Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 11 to 894

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 11 this week to 894. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 668 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the ...

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Magnitude 4.1 earthquake hits central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma. The agency recorded the tremor Monday evening about 5 miles west of Langston. It was recorded at a depth of 2.4 miles. Similar sized earthquakes can be felt more than 60 miles from the source and can cause minor damage. The Oklahoma Geological Survey ...

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USGS: Colorado 100 times more prone to severe earthquakes

A recent report from U.S. Geological Survey looks to oil and gas wastewater injection as the source of heightened seismic activity throughout 17 states, including Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. According to the Denver Business Journal, the USGS evaluated records of earthquake data from 2000 to 2009, ultimately estimating that earthquakes with a magnitude of three are 100 times more ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 20 to 1,028

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 20 this week to 1,028 amid slumping oil prices. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Thursday 802 rigs were seeking oil and 222 exploring for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,818 rigs were ...

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