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Oil and gas wastewater injection well maps show their earthquake threats to communities, infrastructure

December 21, 2016 • FracTracker | Earthworks

Today FracTracker Alliance releasedinteractive maps of Oklahoma and Kansasshowing the location and volume of all active oil and gas Class II Salt Water Disposal (SWD) wastewater injection wells in the states, and their proximity to geologic faults and earthquakes. Publicly available interactive regional maps of these wells/volumes in proximity to faults and quakes are unprecedented.

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SMU confirms fracking waste likely caused quakes that damaged Azle homes & businesses

April 21, 2015 • Earthworks

"Industry's own literature, the US Geological Survey, and now SMU all declare that fracking waste injection causes earthquakes. It is only Texas state regulators and lawmakers who are living in denial.

If HB40 becomes law, the state will make cities' attempts to protect their residents from fracking-related earthquakes illegal. HB40's author, Drew Darby, refused an amendment that would allow cities to ban fracking wastewater disposal wells.

Cities across the state should be very very worried for another reason. Hundreds of thousands of concrete oil and gas well casings are what stands between Texas communities and well leaks. Quakes that can crack foundations as they did in Azle can also crack concrete oil and gas well casings, active and abandoned, that go deep into the earth."

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Lawmakers hope to fund monitors for quakes in North Texas fracking areas

August 25, 2014 • Dallas Morning News | Marissa Barnett

AUSTIN — Lawmakers said Monday that they’re looking for money to add seismic monitors in areas with oil and gas production, following concerns about a series of earthquakes that rattled North Texas last winter.

For now, at least, it’s just a pipe dream. The Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas production, doesn’t have any plans in the works for more monitors or for permit surcharges to oil and gas operators.


GAO Calls Out EPA: Step Up on Frackquakes!

August 4, 2014 • Aaron Mintzes

Last week the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their critique of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of oil and gas waste injection wells. The GAO found that EPA does not perform sufficient oversight and they inconsistently evaluate how states regulate this activity. Even when EPA wants to conduct oversight, GAO noted that EPA sometimes couldn’t because they never incorporated many state rules in to their federal regulations.

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Updated fracking regulations in California leave much to be desired

June 27, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

In keeping up with the tradition of waiting until the public is not paying attention, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), released their latest draft regulations for fracking, and other unconventional well stimulation on Friday, June 13, at 4:00PM local time – right before the weekend.

As required by SB4, DOGGR updated the proposed permanent regulations, which were released in November 2013, right before Thanksgiving. Earthworks, along with our partner organizations in California, submitted extensive comments that would enhance the regulations, and truly protect Californians' health and the environment.


Frackquakes – Californians as guinea pigs

April 22, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

Does fracking cause earthquakes? California regulators won’t answer the question. The subject is currently not studied in the Golden State, and for years, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), has refused to look into it.

Fortunately, other states, scientists , and organizations have studied this.


Californians rally to save their state

March 17, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

On Monday, millions of Angelinos had a rude awakening. At 6:25AM, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred in the Santa Monica Mountains, at a relatively shallow depth of 5 miles.

“The location is somewhat surprising. It’s within the Santa Monica Mountains. We have not seen seismicity in it in recent times,” said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson. “It has been dormant for quite some time.”


Los Californianos se organizar para salvar a su estado

March 17, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez
Esta mañana, millones de Angelinos tuvieron un brusco despertar. A las 6:25 de la mañana, un terremoto de magnitud 4.4 se produjo en las montañas de Santa Mónica, a 8 km de profundidad – relativamente poco profundo.  “La ubicación es… More »