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Fee increase for natural gas, oil wells gets broad support


CARSON CITY, Nev. — Conservation and business groups are supporting a Nevada bill that would increase registration fees on natural gas and oil wells. Nevada Division of Minerals chief Richard Perry presented SB44 to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. The measure passed unanimously out of the Senate earlier in April. Perry said the bill would repeal the state’s ...

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Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US

LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at ...

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State seismologist to review report linking drilling, quakes

AUSTIN, Texas — The state’s official seismologist has no plans for immediate action following a report that says gas drilling and wastewater injection most likely caused a swarm of earthquakes in North Texas. Craig Pearson said at a news conference Tuesday that he wouldn’t recommend that the Railroad Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, suspend activity at two wells ...

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Greeley firefighters return to wastewater and injection well site, cleanup follows

Cleanup was underway on Saturday afternoon at the wastewater and injection well site northeast of the Greeley-Weld County Airport, where a lightning bolt struck a water storage tank Friday, causing a fire and series of explosions that shot tanks into the air. No employees or residents were injured during the blaze, but the four homes closest to the area were ...

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Nebraska commission to allow comment on fracking water plan

LINCOLN, Neb. — Public comment will be taken next week before the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission holds a hearing on a proposed Sioux County disposal site for wastewater from oil exploration. Commission officials had said that only about two dozen people and corporations qualified as interested parties who would be allowed to testify before the three-member commission on ...

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Nearly 12K gallons of saltwater spill in northern ND

MAXBASS, N.D. — North Dakota oil regulators say nearly 12,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled at a disposal well in the northern part of the state. Alison Ritter with the Oil and Gas Division says Petro Harvester Operating Company, LLC, reported the incident Wednesday. The operator says 11,970 gallons of saltwater were released at the Peterson 2 saltwater disposal well ...

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Trenton man named to Nebraska oil and gas commission

SIDNEY, Neb. — The governor has filled an empty seat on the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Gov. Pete Ricketts selected John Rundel, from Trenton. The appointment will let the commission vote Tuesday on an application for a fracking wastewater injection well in Sioux County. Rundel is a petroleum geologist with 36 years of experience in the oil and ...

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State shuts in a dozen more injection wells

Twelve more Kern County wastewater injection wells are being closed to safeguard federally protected groundwater, doubling the number of local disposal facilities shut in since early July, state regulators announced Tuesday. Some of the wells have been active since the late 1970s, while the newest dates to July 2002. Together the dozen have injected nearly 9 billion gallons of “produced ...

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Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracking oversight

WASHINGTON — Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., the lead Democrat on a health subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, ...

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