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Early tests don’t find tainted water from oil boom

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BILLINGS, Mont.— Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that’s already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday. However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well casings. That’s because water can take many ...

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Research shows naturally occurring methane in Penn. water wells

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a pair of studies today detailing the discovery of low-to-moderate concentrations of naturally occurring methane in private water wells. The wells are located in a region of the Marcellus Shale where drilling is absent, according to StateImpact, a reporting project of National Public Radio member stations. The two counties examined in the study, Wayne ...

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Utica Shale gets new distribution system

UGI Utilities Inc. is the first natural gas utility company in Pennsylvania to connect its delivery routes with wells in the Utica Shale play, according to a report by Pennsylvania Business Daily. The connection is a direct link that carries natural gas between a well in the Utica Shale, two wells in the Marcellus Shale, and a UGI operated pipeline. ...

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Scientists see fracking as cause of earthquakes in heartland

Two pen seismograph for drilling operation. (Getty Images via NewsCred)

WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland. States such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio are being hit by earthquakes that appear linked to oil and gas activity. While the quakes are far more often tied to disposal of drilling waste, scientists also increasingly have started pointing to the ...

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Texas amends waste disposal rules for fracking

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit. The commission, the state’s oil ...

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Increased monitoring begins for Eagle Ford waterways


Increased monitoring over water sources is the newest collaborated initiative between The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the U.S. Geological Survey and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Early detection returns are giving little to the big question: “Is the water being contaminated by Eagle Ford production?” According to The San Antonio Business Journal, samples have already been taken from the San ...

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Report: Cuomo meddled with fracking study

Several area residents interested in hydrofracking had mixed reactions Wednesday about a recent news report that found that a federal study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was edited or delayed before it was published. The changes were first reported by Capital New York. Cuomo has repeatedly delayed a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in ...

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Titusville charts course to reap new oil jobs

Valerie Myers | The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.) TITUSVILLE — The world’s first oil region is positioning itself for a second energy boom, from the Utica Shale formation. Titusville municipal and development officials hope to attract the lucrative oil and gas industry “back to where it all started.” The Titusville region was the birthplace of the petroleum industry when Edwin ...

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Groundwater map project planned

Chris Woodka | The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. ROCKY FORD — A federal project to map groundwater changes in the Lower Arkansas River was approved by a local board last week. The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District voted to spend $45,300 toward a program that will look at changes in groundwater levels during the irrigation season. The project will be ...

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Oklahoma a growing epicenter for earthquake debate (Video)

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Scientific data seems to be having trouble catching up with real world events, but when it comes to the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes, residents of Oklahoma don’t need scientific evidence to say that hydraulic fracturing activity has increased the frequency of earthquakes. Al Jazeera Plus, an all digital video news channel based ...

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