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U.K. Bans Fracking on Concerns About Earthquake Risk

The U.K. fracking industry suffered a fatal blow as the Conservative government ended its support for the controversial practice. The move, just weeks ahead of a general election, effectively bans new wells using hydraulic fracturing technology. Companies from Cuadrilla Resources …

China’s Biggest Oil & Gas Producer Halts Fracking After Series of Quakes

The backlash against shale drilling in earthquake-prone regions — a thorn in the side of U.S. energy companies for the past decade — reached China this week after a series of temblors killed two people and reduced homes to rubble. …

Oklahoma Earthquakes Lead to More Injection Well Shut Downs

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations. The directive issued Wednesday comes after the U.S. Geological Survey recently recorded several earthquakes in the …

Fracking Earthquakes Pop Up in Unexpected Corner of Oklahoma’s Shale Patch

The oil prospectors of Oklahoma, it appeared, finally had a solution to their earthquake problem. Ordered by regulators to curb the wastewater they were dumping deep into the ground, they watched with satisfaction as tremors plunged to fewer than two …

California Sues Trump Administration Fracking Rule Repeal

California on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its repeal of Obama-era rules meant to address public safety concerns on hydraulic fracturing, the process known as fracking that is used to extract oil and natural gas, on federal lands. The …

Despite Earthquake Risk, UK Ready to Begin Fracking – Again

Six years after Britain’s first fracking operation was stymied by earth tremors, its shale gas industry is poised to try again with a technology that could transform the UK gas market and drastically reduce its reliance on imports. While environmental …

Study Links Colorado, New Mexico Quakes to Oil and Gas Fluid Injections

A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, according to a study from Colorado University Boulder. The study, which …

Recent Central Oklahoma Quakes Being Investigated

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says its Induced Seismicity Department and the Oklahoma Geological Survey are investigating several earthquakes in the central part of the state. At least six quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger have struck since Tuesday in an …

Fracking-Related Water Problems Raise Issues in West Texas

A West Texas land baron and oilman is on the verge of pumping 5.4 million gallons of water a day from far under the desert mountains here and piping it 60 miles to the nation’s most bountiful oil field, the …

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 …