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Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes a “game changer”

A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.” From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of ...

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Broad approach needed to pinpoint earthquake causes

Requiring oil and gas drillers to provide additional data and developing better maps that detail underground fault lines would help state officials — and the public — come to a better understanding of why the Earth is suddenly on the move in North Texas. The ideas came during a sometimes testy meeting Friday in Austin between scientists and oil and ...

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Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON – Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil ...

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Decision on Nebraska oil wastewater site challenged

SIDNEY, Neb. — Landowners whose property is adjacent to a planned oil production wastewater site in the Nebraska Panhandle have filed a court challenge to the site’s approval by Nebraska regulators. The lawsuit was filed last week by Jane Grove and Hughson Flying A Ranch Inc. against the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Terex Energy Corp., of Broomfield, ...

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Outcry over Nebraska wastewater well prods lawmakers to act

LINCOLN, Neb.— Opposition to a planned wastewater well in northwest Nebraska has prompted lawmakers to introduce legislation. Lawmakers took the rare step Thursday of suspending their rules so they could consider new regulations for wastewater wells. A bill by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha would require companies to disclose the chemicals in wastewater generated from oil and natural gas well ...

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Colorado earthquakes: we’ve seen this before

A recent study from U.S. the Geological Survey deemed Colorado and 16 other states to be 100 times more prone to earthquakes than other states. That same study affirmed years’ worth of speculation that the quakes resulted from oil and gas wastewater injection after a 3.2 magnitude earthquake shook the area surrounding Greeley last year. But Colorado’s man-made quakes didn’t ...

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State lawmakers quiz scientists on earthquake study

On a day that small earthquakes continued to shake North Texas, Southern Methodist University researchers testified before a House committee on Monday about their study linking a swarm of previous temblors near Azle and Reno to oil and gas operations. While no one linked earthquakes recorded near Irving and Dallas in recent days to drilling, lawmakers at the state Capitol ...

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Groups ask for federal review of Ohio injection-well program

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state’s injection well approval program. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, the coalition, coordinated by the Citizens for Health, Environment & Justice, alleges that Ohio’s injection well program disproportionately ...

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Magnitude 4.1 earthquake hits central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma. The agency recorded the tremor Monday evening about 5 miles west of Langston. It was recorded at a depth of 2.4 miles. Similar sized earthquakes can be felt more than 60 miles from the source and can cause minor damage. The Oklahoma Geological Survey ...

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