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Water management may be key to cure Weld shakes

By Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. The answer to Greeley’s first earthquake in at least 40 years may be sitting 10,000 feet below the surface in a deep-water trash can that might be overfilling. The oil and gas boom has put added stress on the industry’s resources, more specifically in deep wastewater injection wells that cut two miles ...

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Illegal dumping highlights problem of how to dispose of fracking waste

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By DAVID HASEMYER for InsideClimate News via Anchorage Daily New, AK Under the cover of early-morning darkness in South Texas last March, a tanker truck ferrying fluids from an oil and gas drilling site rumbled down a country road spewing its toxic load all over the place. The concoction of drilling fluid, which typically includes undisclosed and dangerous chemicals, oil, metals shavings ...

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Carlsbad getting flushed by increase in demand for commercial sewage service

Jonathan Smith for Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M CARLSBAD — Talk about a stinky situation. That’s exactly what the city council will do Tuesday. Thanks to Southeastern New Mexico’s booming oil and gas industry, the city’s wastewater treatment plant has been taking nearly 10 times the volume of liquid waste than originally intended. Most of the waste comes from septic tanks, portable ...

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NJ Senate votes to ban fracking waste

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate has voted to ban treating or storing waste products created by natural gas drillers. The legislation approved Monday also stops the use of waste water from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for deicing or suppressing dust. The Senate passed the bill by a 33-4 vote. It has not yet been considered by the Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed ...

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County files lawsuit against New Mexico company


By Nathan Miller, Odessa American A lawsuit filed on behalf of Ector County accuses a New Mexico corporation with a West Odessa location of illegally dumping several chemicals into the ground, including mercury, nickel, lead and cadmium. Additionally, the lawsuit states officials fear the chemicals could leak into the Ogallala Aquifer — one of the largest aquifers in the world. ...

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Senate backs moratorium on fracking waste in state

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HARTFORD — The state Senate endorsed a bill Monday night that would place at least a three-year moratorium on the collection, storage or disposal of waste products from fracking and require the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to determine how to regulate fracking waste products. After more than three hours of debate Senate bill 237 was placed on ...

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Oil and natural gas activity is a “likely contributing factor” to Oklahoma earthquakes


By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor, The Oklahoman As the earthquake debate continues, the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey said Monday that oil and natural gas activity is a “likely contributing factor” to the swarm of earthquakes throughout the state over the past few years, and the risk of a big earthquake is growing. The rate of earthquakes in ...

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Industries tied to fracking


By Tom McParland, The Youngstown Vindicator, Ohio YOUNGSTOWN — At the Industrial Waste Control Inc. facility in Youngstown, a group of radiological engineers are trying something different when it comes to handling potentially radioactive material generated from shale drilling. Industrial Waste Control/Ground Tech Inc. received a permit to use a new method, which offers “a better, faster method to test ...

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Coast Guard completes investigation into BP oil spill

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Joseph S. Pete, The Times, Munster, Ind. The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the BP Whiting Refinery oil spill in Lake Michigan and forwarded its findings to a hearing officer in Washington, D.C. The hearing officer will decide within 30 days whether BP will face any fines, penalties or corrective actions for the spill, Lt. Brian Dykens ...

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