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Wyoming Fracking Trade-Secret Justification Required Under Deal

A legal settlement will require petroleum companies to provide justification when they ask Wyoming regulators to withhold from the public details about the chemical products they pump underground. Last year, the Wyoming Supreme Court sided with a landowners group and …

Kansas Geologists Seek More Funding for Earthquake Monitoring

Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee that about half a million dollars is needed to beef …

Kansas State Official Links Quakes to Waste Water Disposal

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

More Earthquakes in Oklahoma 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 …

Most Popular Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2014

Fraud, higher homeowners rates, fracking, and electronic traffic tickets are topics that drove readers to the following stories on InsuranceJournal.com in 2014. The following 10 stories led as the most popular picks by readers in the South Central region. Workers’ …

New York Will Move to Prohibit Fracking

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. New York Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending …

Small Quake Near Dallas Stirs Fracking Critics

A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas at night on Nov. 22, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area’s oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. …

Denton, Texas, Rejects Fracking but State to Continue Drilling Permits

A state agency that regulates oil and gas will continue issuing permits to companies seeking to drill in Denton, despite residents passing a ban to prevent further hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas city. At an event sponsored by the …

Study Links Fracking to Hundreds of Ohio Quakes

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the November issue of …

Royalty Owners Sue Denton, Texas, Over Fracking Moratorium

A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state …