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Study Finds Possible Deep, Unmapped Faults in Oklahoma

Scientists may have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state, according to a report on a study that used magnetic imaging to explore the rock formations below …

Oklahoma Orders More Cuts in Water Injection Amounts After Earthquakes

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed a wastewater disposal well to reduce its volume of injection after more than a dozen earthquakes rattled part of northwest Oklahoma since Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded three quakes Monday, including one near …

Kansas House Panel Rejects Earthquake-Prevention Bill

A Kansas House committee has rejected a bill that was designed to prevent earthquakes that experts say are caused by oil and gas production wastewater disposal methods. The Sierra Club and several Kansas residents who say their homes were damaged …

New Sensors Tracking Earthquakes Across Texas

Note: This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Three years ago, a series of quakes rattled North Texas — and some residents’ nerves. Larry Walden, a Parker County commissioner, remembers a public meeting at the time in which residents …

Despite Reduction in Oil, Gas Wastewater Injections, Oklahoma Quakes Continue

The disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production by injecting it deep into the ground has been linked to a dramatic increase in earthquake activity in Oklahoma since 2009. Injection rates have declined recently because of regulatory actions and …

EPA Wants 7 Oklahoma Oil Well Injection Sites Shuttered

The Environmental Protection Agency has requested oil producers stop injecting wastewater in seven well sites in northeast Oklahoma to halt saltwater contamination in the area. The EPA’s request comes nearly a year after the Bird Creek saltwater contamination first was …

EPA to Oklahoma Officials: Do More to Curb Earthquakes

The Environmental Protection Agency told Oklahoma regulators last November to do more to protect the state from a surge in earthquake activity that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. An EPA administrator sent a …

Ohio’s Authority to Regulate Injection Wells Goes Before Judge

A judge in Columbus is preparing to hear arguments in a dispute over Ohio’s authority to regulate oil andgas operations, including wells disposing of fracking wastewater. Attorneys for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the operator of a Youngstown-area …

Study: Kansas’ Largest Earthquake Likely Caused by Wastewater Injection

The largest recorded earthquake in Kansas history was likely the result of wastewater injected into the ground by one or two nearby wells, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey found. The 4.9 magnitude earthquake happened in …

Oklahoma Geological Survey Studying Injection Well/Earthquake Connection

The Oklahoma Geological Survey is studying the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells with a survey in the Arbuckle formation. Sensors will be placed into several injection wells in the Arbuckle group to take various measurements. The Enid …