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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 …

EPA Wants Feedback on Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it wants to gather public comment on whether it should require chemical manufacturers to disclose the content of fluids used for oil and gas production, a possible step toward greater federal oversight of hydraulic …

Increase in Oklahoma Tremors a Cause for Concern

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in the central part of the state, federal and state agencies said. The U.S. Geological Survey and …

Fracking Boom Leads to Increased Traffic Fatalities

Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling …

Study Links 2011 Oklahoma Quake to Wastewater Injection

New research suggests the sharpest earthquake to strike Oklahoma may have been triggered in part by wastewater injection – which, if true, would make the 2011 temblor the strongest ever linked to disposal practices within the oil and gas industry. …

Texas Had 216 Oilfield Deaths Between 2008 to 2012

Federal figures show Texas had 216 oilfield deaths from 2008 through 2012 to lead the U.S. during the reporting period. The Houston Chronicle reported that nationwide the number of oilfield deaths reached 545 amid increased drilling and fracking operations. The …

Bickering Mars Oil Rail Safety Discussions

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by U.S. government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if …

Governors Want States to Take Lead on Drilling Regulations

A dozen U.S. governors are pushing for states, not the federal government, to lead regulation of oil and gas drilling. They argue they know their territories best, even as environmentalists question whether they’re doing enough — or doing the industry’s …

Arkansas Families File Lawsuit Over Earthquakes

Fourteen families in central Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in connection with a series of earthquakes in Faulkner County that prompted the state in 2011 to ban the use of four natural-gas drilling disposal wells in a large area mostly …

Seismologists to Study Colorado Earthquakes

A research team from the U.S. Geological Survey plans to visit the Las Animas County area around Trinidad, Colo., to study a recent series of minor earthquakes, which in the past have been blamed on wastewater injection wells from drilling …