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Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eas...

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States. Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent years. Seismic activity in Texas near the...

Oklahoma Geology Group Links Earthquakes to Oil Wa...

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling...

Spill at injection well threatened water supply ne...

Residents in Vienna Township relied on bottled water for a week WARREN Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threated a northeast Ohio township’s water supply. Inspectors earlier this month traced a chemical spill in Vienna Township to a Kleese Development Associates facility, which operates five saltwater injection wells. Residents in the township near Warren relied on...

Athens County Fracking Action Network appeals K�...

Athens County Fracking Action Network has appealed the recent permitting of the K&H#3 injection well, the third to be drilled on the Torch, Ohio, site owned by Jeff Harper of West Virginia. The latest Athens County radioactive frack waste injection well was permitted last month by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, under Governor John Kasich, in spite of hundreds of appeals from Athens County residents as well as local...

The arrival of man-made earthquakes.

In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies. The plan was to see if the students could, by reading the instruments, detect the rumble of eighty-two thousand fans cheering for a touchdown. “To see if they can figure out if a...

Well Pad Chemical Disclosure moving to ODNR

Chemical disclosure legislation is being developed that will move disclosure of materials at well pads from the State Emergency Response Commission to ODNR.  As nearly as I can figure out, neither organization is up to the task.  I have spent a lot of time with FracFocus and less with ODNR databases because the latter are so annoying to use.  I think you get along with them better.  My broader chemical disclosure concern...

OSHA: More Scrutiny and More Penalties Possible fo...

On March 18, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that those engaged in crude petroleum and natural gas extraction, drilling, and related support activities are engaged in “high hazard” activities and will be subject to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.   The program has been in effect since 2010, when it replaced the prior Enhanced Enforcement Program.  When the program...

National Zero Discharge Pretreatment Limit Propose...

On April 7, 2015, USEPA proposed a zero discharge Clean Water Act pretreatment standard for wastewater from existing or new Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction (UOG) facilities discharged to a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  USEPA states that even though UOG wastewater (.i.e., generated from hydraulic fracturing) is not currently being directly discharged to POTWs, they want no incremental change to industry...

Big Oil Pressured Scientists Over Fracking Wastewa...

Energy firms tried to slow science inquiries blaming them for earthquakes in Oklahoma In November 2013, Austin Holland, Oklahoma’s state seismologist, got a request that made him nervous. It was from David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, which houses the Oklahoma Geological Survey where Holland works. Boren, a former U.S. senator, asked Holland to his office for coffee with Harold Hamm, the billionaire...

Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens

TORCH, Ohio — The tractor-trailers arrive at a steady pace, turning off Rt. 50 and climbing a hill to a collection of tall, green metal tanks. The trucks haul long, white tanks that are bare except for a number that identifies their company and one word that has riled a vocal population in Athens County: brine. Brine is another name for the fracking wastewater that bubbles up in oil and gas wells in Ohio, Pennsylvania and...