AZLE, Texas (AP) — Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.
But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 of them between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.
Now after years of being harangued by anxious residents, governments in all three states are finally confronting the issue, reviewing scientific data, holding public discussions and considering new regulations.
High Sierra Water Services has to stop putting oil and gas wastewater into one of its injection wells near the site of tremors including a 3.4 magnitude earthquake, according to an order from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Platts reports.
The 9 percent increase in U.S. oil and gas reserves in 2013 was down to independents like Anadarko Petroleum active in the country’s shale plays, not the major oil companies, according to an analysis by EY, FuelFix reports.
Vietnam and China have traded accusations about who is responsible for a vessel-ramming incident that took place in the South China Sea Monday, as the fight over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters continues, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Transocean Partners, a Scotland-based master limited partnership spinoff from Transocean Ltd. that already has a share in two deepwater drillships operating under contract with Chevron, hopes to raise $350 million in an initial public offering, FuelFix reports.
Reports filed with Oklahoma regulators say more than 2,600 oil and gas wells were completed in the state last year, when companies also applied for more than 4,000 permits for the second year in a row, The Oklahoman reports.
As part of its attempt to get more out of shale, BP has tapped industry veteran David Lawler, who’d worked most recently at Oklahoma-based Sandridge Energy Inc., to run a new unit devoted to its onshore business in the Lower 48 states, The Hill reports.
Obama administration policies – particularly those involving the environment – would be the target of major spending restrictions in a Republican-controlled Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and the man who could lead a GOP-majority Senate, told Politico in an interview on his campaign bus.
Data from the Energy Information Administration showing a 4.5 million barrel decline in U.S. crude stocks last week fuelled a rise in prices as the front month contract expired. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery jumped $1.59 to settle at $96.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the October contract gained 59 cents to close at $93.45 and in London October Brent ended 72 cents higher at $102.28, Reuters reports.
Buyers purchasing Iraqi crude that isn’t authorized for sale by the central government may be helping to finance the Islamic State extremist group, according to a statement from the country’s oil ministry, Platts reports.
Issues in Massachusetts that have stalled and possibly killed a plan agreed by New England governors to improve energy infrastructure and increase natural gas pipeline capacity in the region have left other states –- like Maine -– looking to take their own initiative, the Portland Press Herald reports.
A startup that’s looking into ways of converting methane into ethylene and gasoline – Siluria Technologies of San Francisco – has raised nearly $100 million in investment, including $30 million from an arm of oil company Saudi Aramco, FuelFix reports.
Global warming and environmental issues are becoming more and more important to Hispanic voters, according to an analysis of nine different polls that was commissioned by the Hispanic Access Foundation, National Journal reports.
Climate change will mean worsening air pollution, according to scientists interviewed by The New York Times, who call it the climate penalty and explain that more sunlight means more chemical reactions with automobile exhaust and other polluting agents to create more ozone.