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New Mexico court ruling revives lawsuit against oil company

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit by residents of a southeastern New Mexico neighborhood who claimed operations by an oil company resulted in contamination that caused health problems. The justices say a lower court erred by preventing the residents from introducing scientific evidence and expert testimony in support of their ...

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Legislative committee approves new oilfield waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. — New oilfield waste rules will take effect in North Dakota with the new year. The Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee has approved rules that will allow certain landfills to accept waste with higher levels of radioactivity. Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt has said the elevated standard is still safe for people and the environment, and that the rules ...

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North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup

BISMARCK, N.D. — A half-century after it held saltwater and other oil-drilling waste, an abandoned pit near the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota was dug out and filled with fresh soil this week with hopes that the site will someday be capable of producing vegetation again. The reclamation, which involved the removal of some 6,900 tons of salt-tainted ...

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Company puts used fracking fluid to other uses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Deep-well injection of used fracking fluid raises concerns of environmental pollution and pressure-stimulated earthquakes. Just north of Fairmont, overlooking the east side of the Monongahela River and Bellview across the water, a small plant is busy providing an alternative. Since 2013, Fairmont Brine Processing has been cleaning up frack fluid and producing distilled water for re-use in ...

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EcoServ opens $12 million offshore waste-handling facility

PORT FOURCHON, La. — Lafayette-based EcoServ, a specialty cleaner for offshore energy companies, has invested about $12 million in a new multipurpose facility at Port Fourchon. The Advocate reports the new site features 1,600 feet of dockside space and employs close to 100 of the company’s 300 workers. David Lacoste, vice president of waste collection facilities at EcoServ, said the ...

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ND seeking public comment on oilfield waste landfill

The North Dakota Department of Health has opened a 30-day window to receive public comments regarding a proposed 39-acre oilfield waste landfill, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). The Black Mallard Disposal Facility, which would be located three miles south of Ross in Mountrail County, would mostly take in solidified drill cuttings and soils or other materials contaminated by spills. ...

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Quakes shaking up New Mexico

Has oil and gas drilling claimed another state as an earthquake victim? Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have linked the quakes in Kansas and Oklahoma to oil and gas activity, but KRQE reports fossil fuel development may be to blame several small quakes near Raton and Dagger Draw in New Mexico. “[There have] been very intense reviews of the ...

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Radioactive ND: Health Council approves oilfield waste limit increase

North Dakota State health officials approved new rules which would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in certain landfills on Tuesday, reports the Forum News Service. In a unanimous decision, the State Health Council voted to adopt rules allowing for the disposal of waste registering radioactivity levels of up to 50 picocuries per gram. The new level is ...

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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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