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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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Sourcewater CEO Josh Adler shares insights on water management, entrepreneurship

Sourcewater CEO and entrepreneur Josh Adler

Over a year into the oil price collapse, the upstream energy sector is struggling to survive the economic shock with layoffs, stacked rigs, and new attention to cost-saving innovations in operations and the supply chain.  Responding to the industry need for cost reductions, Sourcewater founder Josh Adler created an Internet platform to reduce the largest expense in today’s oil and ...

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Moderate earthquakes recorded in central, northwest Oklahoma

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports three moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central and northwestern Oklahoma.

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports three moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central and northwestern Oklahoma. The USGS says a magnitude 4.0 temblor was recorded at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday near Harrah, about 25 miles east of Oklahoma City. No injuries or damage are reported. Also, quakes of magnitude 3.4 and 3.5 were recorded just seconds apart ...

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Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office review also sampled EPA operations ...

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Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports three moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central and northwestern Oklahoma.

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several small to moderate earthquakes in Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake. The temblor was recorded at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, 1 mile north of Luther — or 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries or damage are reported. The quake is one of ...

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Senators wade into debate over Nebraska oil, gas regulations

Senators wade into debate over Nebraska oil, gas regulations

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to impose new regulations on Nebraska’s oil and gas industry drew support this week from environmental advocates but opposition from company officials, who say the proposals are unnecessary and redundant. The bills were introduced in response to a public outcry that began when a Colorado energy company sought state approval to discard oil and natural gas ...

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Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than ...

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Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

Uptick in earthquakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater. That could change this year, as angry residents have been increasingly turning up at town hall meetings and legislative hearings ...

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First research links California quakes to oilfield injections

First research links California quakes to oilfield injections

SAN FRANCISCO — A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injections underground, a study published this week said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California and two French universities published their findings ...

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Environmental group calls out Pa. drilling study

BRISTOL, Pa. — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out of ...

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