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Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

Emily Schmall | Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is ...

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Keystone Sanitary expansion approved


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A Lackawanna County, Pa. landfill has been approved to expand its shale waste disposal service. As reported by the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, the Keystone Sanitary Landfill has been cleared by the Department of Environmental protection to process fracking wastewater. The landfill previously gained approval to store solid waste known as drill cuttings in 2011. Frack ...

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State poised to shut down 11 local oil injection wells

John Cox | The Bakersfield Californian Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work starting noon Monday out of concern they may be contaminating Kern County drinking water. Emergency orders issued Wednesday by the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources apply to 11 disposal wells east and northeast of Bakersfield. About 100 water ...

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Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes


WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science. Many of the quakes were much farther away from ...

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Medora Council increases sewage rates: City lost $15K on current plan last year


Michael Hricik | The Dickinson Press MEDORA — Starting in August, Medora residents will pay more per flush. A rise in sewer rates needed to be approved as a condition of a $1.7 million State Revolving Fund loan for a much-needed wastewater treatment facility in the town. The Medora City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday night to increase sewer rates from ...

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Tunnelton Liquids cleanup plan to be presented


Paul Peirce | Tribune-Review The state Department of Environmental Protection will present a cleanup plan on Tuesday for a wastewater disposal pond along the Conemaugh River at the border of Indiana and Westmoreland counties. A public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department, 76 E. Third Ave. in Tunnelton. The DEP invoked the state’s Hazardous ...

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States confront worries about fracking, quakes

By Emily Schmall AZLE, Texas (AP) — Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 of them between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet ...

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Fracking pros, cons debated

The Texas oil man said that any company planning to drill for natural gas in the Fredericksburg region better be forthcoming about its operations, particularly in terms of what chemicals are used. Because of all the attention that possible drilling in the region has generated, “not telling you what’s in the fracking fluid, now that would be crazy, that would ...

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XTO Energy seeks dismissal of criminal charges in 2010 wastewater spill

Andrew Maykuth | The Philadelphia Inquirer XTO — Energy Inc. is seeking the dismissal of criminal charges for a 2010 gas-drilling spill, saying Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane selectively prosecuted the company in pursuit of a politically motivated anti-fracking agenda. The Exxon Mobil subsidiary filed a motion in Lycoming County Court on Monday arguing that the Office of Attorney General ...

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Landfill expansion aims to provide full range of disposal services to oil and gas industries


By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Max Environmental Technologies, an Upper St. Clair firm that operates two landfills and provides half a dozen other services to the oil and gas industry, is planning a major expansion at its Bulger waste disposal site in Washington County. The new project, which is still several years from breaking ground, would cost about $20 ...

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