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Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana to Halt Injection Well Permit

Environmental groups and a Belle River, La. community group have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources alleging that the departments should never have granted a permit for an injection well. FAS Environmental Services has operated in …

N.Y. Officially Bans Fracking, Ending 7-Year Environmental, Health Review

New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. “After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and …

Colorado Commissioners Move Injection Well Proposal Forward

A company is closer to putting an injection well online with approval from commissioners in a northwest Colorado county. The Rifle Citizen Telegram reported Garfield County commissioners gave the go-ahead this week to a land use application from Ursa Resources …

Geologists Studying Cause of Recent String of Alabama Earthquakes

Jim Sterling didn’t know what had hit his 156-year-old antebellum home when an earthquake struck Alabama’s old plantation region early one morning last November. Startled, he grabbed a gun and ran outdoors. In the pre-dawn chill, Sterling said, he found …

Texas Law Bans Cities From Banning Fracking and Drilling

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities. The much-watched measure sailed through the GOP-controlled Legislature after voters …

4.0 Mag Quake in North Texas; Disposal Wells to Be Tested

The Texas Railroad Commission is requiring the operators of five disposal wells near a sharp earthquake to perform some tests. In a statement, the commission says Bosque Disposal Systems LLC, EOG Resources Inc., MetroSaltwater Disposal Inc. and Pinnergy Ltd have …

Florida Houses Passes Bill to Study, Regulate Fracking in State

The Florida House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice. Democrats strongly opposed the bill, saying hydraulic fracturing would put the water supply at …

Bill Banning Local Drilling Rules Passes Oklahoma House

Legislation that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations was approved by the Oklahoma House on April 22, one day after the Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that a swarm of recent …

Oklahoma Geologists Also See Earthquake-Injection Well Link

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. Scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological …

Penn.: Fracking Exclusion Not Allowed in Homeowners Earthquake Endorsements

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department issued a notice telling insurance companies that earthquake endorsements to homeowners insurance policies in Pennsylvania cannot exclude coverage for earthquakes that may be caused by “human activity” such as fracking. According to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s …