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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 [...]

Spate of small earthquakes shuts down fracking activity in Lawrence County

A series of five small earthquakes within the space of 24 hours in Lawrence County, near the Ohio border, has led to the shutdown of nearby fracking operations. The earthquakes range in magnitude from 1.69 on the richter scale to 1.91, which are small and typically not felt on the surface. The quakes occurred just [...]

Congressional Watch-Dog Warns Fracking Waste Could Threaten Drinking Water

The Government Accountability Office says new risks from underground injections of oil and gas waste could harm drinking water supplies, and the EPA needs to step up both oversight and enforcement. The GAO released a study on Monday detailing the EPA’s role in overseeing the nation’s 172,000 wells, which either dispose of oil and gas [...]

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 [...]

Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation

Although Ohio recently changed its drilling permit rules over concerns hydraulic fracturing caused recent earthquake activity there, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not planning on changing its rules at this time, according to the New Castle News. The DEP did not respond to a request by StateImpact Pennsylvania to comment, but a spokeswoman [...]

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 [...]

Ohio looks into whether fracking led to earthquakes

Officials in Ohio are looking into whether fracking operations may have led to earthquakes. Links between oil and gas production and increased earthquake activity have usually been related to disposal of wastewater in deep injection wells–not the fracking process itself. From the New York Times: The State Department of Natural Resources ordered work halted at [...]

Wastewater Wells, Geothermal Power Linked to Increased Earthquakes

New research published this week in the journal Science finds an increase in small earthquakes  may be related to industrial wastewater being pumped into underground storage wells. Although small earthquakes happen every day across the U.S., the numbers have been going up. The research reveals two reasons for this: large earthquakes that occur around the globe, and [...]

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