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Delayed Federal Fracking Rules Affect Wells on Tribal Land in Oklahoma

A water line for hydraulic fracturing traverses an oil and gas access road in Woods County.

A federal judge in Wyoming this week delayed the start of new rules for fracking on federal lands, issuing a temporary stay to give the federal government more time to explain how it developed the rule, The Hill and Casper Star-Tribune report. The Hill’s Timothy Cama says the ruling is a setback for the Obama [...]

Power Struggle: The Oil and Gas Boom and an Outbreak of Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Lawrence Stasyszen, abbott of St. Gregory's Abbey, stands inside the monastery's condemned workshop in Shawnee, Okla. The monastery and associated college are still reeling from millions in damage from a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck in 2011.

In 2014, Oklahoma had more than three times as many earthquakes as California, and this year, the state is on track for even more. A lot of them are small, but some towns are seeing a quake almost every day, and seismologists warn that large and damaging earthquakes are becoming more likely. The government in [...]

Oil Executive Says He Didn’t Try to Get Earthquake Scientists Fired

Harold Hamm in April 2012 at TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In the World gala in New York City

Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder and CEO of Continental Resources, denies a report that told a University of Oklahoma dean he wanted scientists dismissed who were researching links between oil and gas production and Oklahoma’s exponential increase in earthquakes. In emails obtained by Bloomberg’s Benjamin Elgin, Larry Grillot, then the dean of OU’s Mewbourne College [...]

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