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Texas Study Links Pollution, Earthquakes to Oil and Gas Drilling

A new study by a nonprofit science organization says oil and gas drilling in Texas is linked to pollution and earthquakes. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock …

New Mexico Lawsuit Challenges County’s Frack Sand Ban

A group of New Mexico property owners has sued Winona County over its ban on industrial mining of silica sand for use in hydraulic fracturing. The Southeast Minnesota Property Owners joined Saratoga Township resident Roger Dabelstein in filing the lawsuit …

Oil Companies Sued by Oklahoma Tribe Over Quake

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state’s largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings. The Pawnee Nation alleges in the …

Talk Expected to Turn to Earthquakes at Tornado Summit in Oklahoma

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City this week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle …

USGS Confirms Another Quake in Western Colorado Towns

A recent 3.3 magnitude earthquake is the largest to hit a western Colorado county in a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS told the Rifle Citizen Telegram that seven people reported the earthquake that shook Garfield County towns …

USGS: Several Quakes, 1 of 3.5M, Struck North Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed several earthquakes have struck northern Oklahoma, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5. No injuries or damage are reported from the quakes that occurred Friday afternoon near Mooreland, about 108 miles northwest of Oklahoma …

Oklahoma Creates Fracking Guidelines with Goal of Reducing Quake Risk

Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique. The guidelines are aimed at the South Central Oklahoma …

Rejecting Science, Texas Still Denies Fracking Link to Quakes

A white Chevy Suburban with “Railroad Commission of Texas” emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission’s director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential …

USGS: Two Small Earthquakes Confirmed in Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded four small earthquakes in northern Oklahoma. No injuries or damage are reported. A magnitude 3.1 quake was recorded at 6:10 a.m. Saturday 16 miles northwest of Fairview, 93 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. A …

Pennsylvania Adopts New Fracking Regulations

New regulations governing the extraction of natural gas through fracking went into effect on Saturday in Pennsylvania, the first overhaul since the industry took off in the state more than 10 years ago. The new rules allow the state’s department …