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Disposal wells: utility vs. controversy

Greater attention, rightfully, is now paid in the oil patch to our first natural resource: water. From all fronts affected, parties are more aware of the proper stewardship of water.  This stewardship does not come without controversy. That famous geologist Mark Twain was correct: Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting. The North Dakota State Water Commission projects the ...

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Nebraska wastewater well wins approval despite opposition

LINCOLN, Neb.— State regulators have approved a controversial disposal well in northwest Nebraska for wastewater generated by oil and natural gas production. The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 2-0 on Wednesday in favor of the project, proposed by Colorado-based Terex Energy Corp. The company wants to truck in salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater from oil operations in ...

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Nebraskans: We don’t want your wastewater

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If Nebraska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s public hearing Tuesday is any indication, Nebraskans are adamant in their objection to a proposed oil field disposal well in Sioux County. Unable to reach a conclusion, the commission will continue to deliberate on the matter. The Omaha World-Herald reports that of the 50 residents to speak at the six-hour hearing, only three ...

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Fracking water disposal site draws opposition in Nebraska

GERING, Neb. — Scotts Bluff County’s commissioners don’t like the location of a proposed disposal well for fracking water in nearby Sioux County and have appealed for help from a state regulatory board. The commissioners on Tuesday approved a letter to the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission, which has scheduled a March 24 public hearing on the proposal. The county ...

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Opposition to saltwater disposal well near north unit on docket


 By Lauren Donovan The Badlands Conservation Alliance opposes a permit application that will be heard Thursday to place a saltwater disposal well less than a mile from the boundary of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park north unit. Alliance spokeswoman Jan Swenson said the proposed disposal well is the most egregious example of oil development near the park yet, even though there ...

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