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Ex-well operator in North Dakota indicted in dumping case

The former operator of a saltwater well in southwest North Dakota linked to an illegal wastewater dumping case pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges Monday in federal court in Bismarck. A federal indictment charges Jason Halek, of Southlake, Texas, with conspiring with others in a number of illegal acts including injecting saltwater — an unwanted byproduct of oil production ...

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Future of Nebraska’s oil and gas regulator being studied

OMAHA, Neb. — A hearing next month could help determine whether the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission will continue to regulate the mining industry in the state. The Omaha World-Herald reports lawmakers are considering eliminating the commission and assigning its duties to other agencies. The commission has drawn criticism for the way it approved a proposal to allow a company ...

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Earthquake discussion open to public

Oklahoma Sierra Club and Kansas Sierra Club call on concerned people to join them in Norman from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Norman Public Library (Central Branch) 225 N. Webster to discuss the ongoing threat of earthquakes plaguing the region and to examine the practice of fracking which utilizes underground injection wells to dispose of its waste ...

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Fallin: Disposal wells causing quakes

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin publicly acknowledged the link between the state’s earthquake clusters and wastewater injection wells for the first time last week. “We all know now there is a direct correlation between the increase in earthquakes we have seen in Oklahoma and the disposal wells, based upon many different factors, whether it is volume or location or whether it ...

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No excessive benzene found in water supply, report says

VENTURA, Calif. – A management review has found no evidence showing that the carcinogen benzene is present in county drinking water at levels exceeding federal standards. The report comes five months after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors ordered a study of benzene in wastewater generated by oil drilling. The board’s directive was spurred by a story in the Los ...

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Oklahoma regulators impose water injection cut to stem earthquakes

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject underground by 38 percent from current levels ...

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Oil industry report defends wastewater injection

Scientists know wastewater injection wells are responsible for earthquake swarms in Oklahoma. Stopping the quakes is another matter. In 2014, Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. Thus far in 2015, United States Geological Survey data reveals more than 500 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 3.0 has occurred in the state, including 16 quakes with a 4.0 magnitude ...

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Pa. spared earthquakes from deep-shale drilling

Geological differences from neighboring Ohio and few disposal wells for fracking wastewater keep Pennsylvania from experiencing earthquakes related to deep-shale drilling for natural gas, experts say. Though the U.S. Geological Survey reports a sharp increase in quakes nationwide since 2009, including those 3.0 magnitude or higher, Pennsylvania hasn’t recorded seismic activity — even with 19,359 shale-gas wells at latest count, ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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Commissioners move injection well proposal forward

RIFLE, Colo. — A company is closer to putting an injection well online with approval from commissioners in a northwest Colorado county. The Rifle Citizen Telegram reports Garfield County commissioners gave the go-ahead on Monday to a land use application from Ursa Resources Group. The company has a well drilled about 1.5 miles from Battlement Mesa, a residential community between ...

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