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Montana May Require Drilling Buffer Zones Near Homes

Montana regulators were expected to decide Wednesday whether they should follow neighboring energy-producing states in creating buffer zones that set a minimum distance between homes and oil and gas drilling sites. The state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation planned …

Oklahoma Woman Blaming Fracking for Injury After Quake Can Sue

New Dominion LLC can be sued by an Oklahoma woman injured when her fireplace fell on her during an earthquake that she blames on disposal wells tied to fracking. Tuesday’s ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a lower-court decision …

Study Finds That Mega Injections of Wastewater Triggers More Quakes

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in …

EPA Finds Fracking Doesn’t Lead to Widespread Pollution of Drinking Water

Fracking for shale oil and gas has not led to widespread pollution of drinking water, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft report said on Thursday, although it warned some drilling activities could potentially cause health risks. The study, requested by …

Oklahoma Coalition Demands Well Moratorium in Quake Areas

A coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations is calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes. Members of the coalition traveled to the …

Maryland Senate Adopts Bill Protecting Residents From Fracking Damage

Maryland senators on Friday showed signs of cooperation on the topic of fracking, adopting two amendments to a bill opponents worried was another way of banning the natural gas drilling method. The amendments to the bill lower the number of …

Kansas Official Links Quakes to Wasterwater Disposal

A state group says a steep increase in earthquakes in south-central Kansas likely is caused by the disposal of wastewater from an oil and gas extraction process often called fracking. The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up …

Oklahoma Reports More Earthquakes in 2014 Than in Past 30 Years

Officials say Oklahoma had more earthquakes last year than in the past 30 years. The U.S. Geological Survey says 567 earthquakes with magnitudes of 3.0 or greater were registered in Oklahoma, making it the most seismically active state in the …

Quake Brings Halt to Northeastern Ohio Injection Operation

State regulators in Ohio have suspended operations at two deep injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeast Ohio after discovering possible evidence the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake. A spokeswoman said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a chief’s …

If Fracking Is the Question, Insurers May Ask – What Is the Answer?

When it comes to the use of evolving technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil and gas production one big question insurance companies are faced with is: to insure or not to insure? That is a key question …