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Oklahoma agency reveals new well plans in the Cushing area

CUSHING, Okla. — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says it is imposing new operating guidelines for oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in an area of north-central Oklahoma that has experienced frequent earthquakes. The commission says the plans were developed following an analysis of disposal well and seismicity data in the Cushing area. Officials say the guidelines will change the operation ...

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No excessive benzene found in water supply, report says

VENTURA, Calif. – A management review has found no evidence showing that the carcinogen benzene is present in county drinking water at levels exceeding federal standards. The report comes five months after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors ordered a study of benzene in wastewater generated by oil drilling. The board’s directive was spurred by a story in the Los ...

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Local ban nullified by state, fracking resumes in Denton


DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records request, the Denton Record-Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IQ9kPl) reports Vantage Energy notified the city early Tuesday of its plans to begin fracking on Denton’s ...

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Oklahoma coalition wants well moratorium in earthquake areas

OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of environmental and activist groups called Monday for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in some areas after an Oklahoma agency said it is “very likely” a swarm of recent earthquakes was triggered by such operations. Coalition members delivered 1,500 signatures to Gov. Mary Fallin’s ...

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Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work

Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said on Tuesday. Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological ...

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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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Senators: More scrutiny needed for proposed wastewater site

LINCOLN, Neb. — State lawmakers are calling for greater scrutiny of a proposed disposal well for fracking water in western Nebraska. Some senators on Tuesday urged the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to postpone a decision on the site in southern Sioux County until lawmakers complete an interim study. Terex Energy Corp. wants to truck salty groundwater and fracking ...

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