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Environmental groups say Nebraska panel broke meeting laws

SIDNEY, Neb. — Two groups say the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has violated state open meeting laws, and they want the state attorney general to void any action stemming from the commission’s March 24 hearing on a proposed Sioux County wastewater disposal well. Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club filed a complaint Tuesday with the office of Attorney ...

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Oil regulator: Feds public lands rule provides ‘certainty’

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the recently issued federal rule on hydraulic fracturing is bringing “some certainty” to the oil industry. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says the “long-awaited rule” provides certainty during an unstable time for the industry but also raises “concerns of necessity and duplicity.” The Obama administration is requiring companies that ...

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Water disposal thrives amid oil slump

Though waste water management is an often overlooked component of oil and gas operations, Community Radio for Northern Colorado reports that it’s a field on the rise. Wastewater disposal accounts for a significant portion of production expenses; Bluefield Research, a water consulting firm, reports that American frackers spent more than $6 billion on water management in 2014. T-Rex Oil intends ...

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Report offers options for new fracking rules in Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan could strengthen its supervision of a natural gas development process known as “fracking” by keeping a closer eye on surface and ground water near production wells and ordering companies to disclose more information about the chemicals they use, researchers said in a report released Friday. The University of Michigan study also said regulators could require ...

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Geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015, AT 12:01 A.M. CST.-Brodie Tedder, church secretary and priest Michael Peltzer point out where cracked bricks have been replace on the back side of the St. Patricks Catholic church in Harper, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes. He has learned a lot, said the director of the Kansas Geological Survey, whose focus in the past was primarily on water and geologic formations, including just how little ...

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Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water that comes from shale gas wells. The traditional method of injecting it back into deep wells is less feasible in ...

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Illegal dumping results in 50 years in prison for oil exec

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Associated Press reported today that an oil executive faces more than 50 years in prison for violating environmental laws. Nathan Garber, the President of Executive Drilling LLC will be sentenced on Sept. 26th in Bismarck. Garber recently reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors. He is charged with multiple felony counts of ...

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Wastewater injections to resume Friday in well that caused Greeley earthquake; fines possible

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Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune A Greeley company whose wastewater injection well was linked to a 3.4 magnitude earthquake two months ago will be able to resume injecting after plugging about 400 feet of the well to keep water from flowing into a fault. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, announcing Thursday that NGL Water Services could resume ...

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Recent earthquake halts waste-water injection operation

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The Denver Post has reported that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal site after a second earthquake within a month was detected. The latest earthquake occurred Monday and registered a 2.6-magnitude. Just last month an earthquake with a 3.4-magnitude was detected in Weld ...

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