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Toxins found in Ohio county with fracking

Emissions from fracking operations might be exposing people to toxic pollutants at levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for long-term exposure, according to scientists from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University. The researchers took air samples in Ohio’s Carroll County, home to 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties. The team found...

Push for local control of injection wells grows

WARREN, Ohio – Concerns mount over who has legal control of injection wells in Ohio. Leaders from seven counties gathered in Trumbull County Wednesday to iron out how to regain more local control of injection wells.  Township trustees and leaders from counties including Athens, Morrow, Portage and Mahoning aired out their concerns as they reviewed the steps they plan on taking. “I think our real goal is to say we...

Oil company posts fourth spill in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D., May 6 (UPI) – For at least the fourth time in less than a year, North Dakota’s government said it was notified by Oasis Petroleum of a spill of oil products near a lake. The state Department of Health said it was notified by the company, which has headquarters in Texas, of a spill of so-called produced water in Burke County near the border with Canada. “Although the exact size of the spill is...

North Dakota to improve pipeline safety

BISMARCK, N.D., April 21 (UPI) – New pipeline rules in North Dakota will give the oil-rich state stronger safeguards against leaks and improve remediation, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. Dalrymple signed a state bill into law that strengthens the state’s regulatory oversight on pipelines for crude oil and so-called produced water. “This legislation builds on our ongoing work to enhance pipeline safety in North...

How rules are shaking out: Quakes seem fewer under...

As of last Friday, it had been 11 days since an earthquake rattled south-central Kansas. A year ago, that might not have seemed remarkable, but the last time it occurred was actually more than nine months ago, at the end of June 2014, according to U.S. Geological Survey figures. Since September, the region has experienced an average of 17 quakes of magnitude 2.0 or higher each month. State scientists and regulators have...

Groups ask for federal review of Ohio injection-we...

A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state’s injection well approval program. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, the coalition, coordinated by the Citizens for Health, Environment & Justice, alleges that Ohio’s injection well program...

Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s ...

It wasn’t that long ago that Denison University professor Erik Klemetti added a caveat when he taught his students about earthquakes. “When I used to show (seismicity) maps in my intro class, I’d say, ‘Ohio is about as earthquake-free as you get,’  ” Klemetti said. “Now, it has a bull’s-eye on it, at least to some degree.” That bull’s-eye, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report, is...

EARTHQUAKES: Okla. scientists suspected quakes lin...

The Oklahoma Geological Survey jolted the national drilling debate last week when it announced oil and gas activity was “very likely” causing the earthquakes plaguing the state. But many scientists at the survey had suspected as much since 2007, when earthquakes rattled an area near an oil and gas operation in southeast Oklahoma City. Survey leaders, though, decided against going public with a theory that might be...

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...