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Silicosis: another fracking field hazard that leaves scars

What is America’s most dangerous occupation? It’s oil and gas extraction, according to a 2014 report (based on 2012 data) published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH).The industry’s fatality rate is now 24.2 deaths for every 100,000 full time workers vs. 3.2 deaths per 100,000 overall rate for U.S. workers. Many factors contribute to its dangerous ...

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Anti-frackers request action from Lafayette County

The Lafayette Board of County Commissioners was asked to consider supporting a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” by a group of activists during their meeting on Aug. 10. On Sept. 14, the Board tabled the resolution for their next Monday meeting in October. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fracking is the well stimulation practice of ...

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Refining oil, gas rules underway

There’s been no interest in Pueblo County by oil or natural gas companies for a long while, but the county’s planning department is putting together a separate list of regulations for wells just the same. Joan Armstrong, director of planning for Pueblo County, said her staff is still drafting potential regulations for oil and gas drilling in Pueblo County. But ...

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State official links earthquakes to disposal of waste

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — A state group says a steep increase in earthquakes in south-central Kansas likely is caused by the disposal of waste water from an oil and gas extraction process often called fracking. The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012. State officials have hesitated to link the earthquakes to fracking, or hydraulic ...

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