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Pennsylvania OKs new injection wells for oil and gas wastewater

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have approved two new underground injection wells to take in wastewater from the oil and gas industry. Pennsylvania already has six active injection wells, according to Scott Perry, who runs the Office of Oil and Gas Management at the state Department of Environmental Protection. He says new injection wells are needed as gas drilling [...]

Pennsylvania confirms first fracking-related earthquakes

Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity. In April 2016, Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Company [...]

Lawmakers funnel $150K to industry group for Marcellus research (again)

For the third time in as many years, $150,000 has been slipped into the state budget for “independent research” on Marcellus Shale issues. It’s intended for an industry-backed nonprofit called the Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER PA). As StateImpact Pennsylvania previously reported, SAFER PA received a $150,000 earmark two years ago to do Marcellus [...]

EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a report on earthquakes related to drilling and related operations, EnergyWire reports.  A team of EPA officials has been looking into concerns that deep injection wells – where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is disposed underground – have caused a spate of earthquakes in [...]

Ohio regulators link fracking to recent earthquakes

The Associated Press is reporting state geologists in Ohio have linked hydraulic fracturing to recent earthquakes, leading regulators to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that will be among the strictest in the country. Links between oil and gas production and increased earthquake activity have usually been related to disposal of wastewater in deep injection wells–not [...]

Earthquakes and Fracking, One Year After Mineral, Va.

One year ago, sitting at my desk in Philadelphia, I looked up to see the lights above me swinging from the drop ceiling. A low rumble seemed to sound, like thunder. But looking out the window, the sky was cloudless. Was it raining? It took a while before people realized it was an earthquake. Something [...]

Top Government Geologist Says Data Lacking on Wastewater Disposal Links to Earthquakes

One of the government’s top experts on earthquakes says a lack of data makes it difficult to assess the connection between wastewater disposal wells and earthquakes. A natural gas wastewater disposal well in Youngstown, Ohio made headlines on New Year’s Eve when it caused a 4.0 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Geological survey released a report [...]

Ohio Officials Growing Wary Of Fracking Waste

Ohio Governor John Kasich is a big supporter of natural gas drilling, but that doesn’t mean he wants Pennsylvania’s fracking waste. As this Bloomberg News article reports, the Buckeye State took in 369 million gallons of used fracking fluid last year. Much of that liquid came from Pennsylvania. Kasich and other Ohio officials are looking [...]

Could Fracking Earthquakes Shake Pennsylvania?

Diagram of a deep well injection disposal site.

The New Year’s Eve earthquake that shook Youngstown, Ohio measured 4.0 on the Richter scale. The temblor was the largest of a series of quakes that had been rocking the area around Youngstown for several months and are blamed on a deep injection well. No fracking happens at deep injection wells. But fracking wastewater is [...]

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