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Oklahoma Commissioner Warns Insurers on Denial of Earthquake Claims

With the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma — which some say are at least partly attributed to waste water injection wells related to the practice of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner …

Increase in Kentucky Fracking Prompts Lawmakers to Update Rules

As Kentucky mines less coal and produces more natural gas, state lawmakers want to update the environmental protection rules that drilling companies are required to follow. But some landowners worry the state’s rush to welcome the practice of hydraulic fracturing, …

Wastewater Injection Shaking Oklahoma; Tracking, Management Needed

Not so many years ago, earthquake science was no more relevant to Oklahoma than marine biology. But these days the state is shaking way more often than California, and giving many people there an unwanted crash course in seismology. Last …

Ohio’s Supreme Court Affirms State’s Power to Regulate Oil and Gas

Certain local zoning laws can’t be used to supersede Ohio’s state-level system for regulating oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the …

Geologists Look for Earthquake, Fracking Connection in Kansas

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state — earthquakes. He has learned a lot, said the director of the Kansas Geological …

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’ …