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Geologist: Earthquakes linked to saltwater injection

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Geological Survey believes an increase in earthquakes in two southern Kansas counties is linked to saltwater injection after oil and natural gas drilling, according to an agency scientist. The agency had said in the past that there was a “reasonable probability” that injection wells were linked to an uptick in earthquakes in Harper and Sumner ...

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RAD gets more than $100M in grant requests

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Pittsburgh city parks plan to install safer playgrounds, Port Authority of Allegheny County aims to improve commutes for bus riders, and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh needs to upgrade its aging elevators. The three entities are among more than 100 applicants turning to the Allegheny Regional Asset District to compete for more than $90 million in grants available in 2016. Monday ...

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Explosions put Bakken crude oil on state rail radar

About 18 months ago, Minnesota safety experts noted the heavily publicized explosions of trains carrying crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken formation through other states and Canada and realized many of those trains were coming through this state. That led to more training for firefighters and other first responders, including in several towns in this region. Because of the ...

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Downturn brings spike in oilfield crime

The crew from Liberty Fishing and Rental Tools returned to a well near Snyder last week and noticed they’d been hit. The tires had been stolen off a trailer they use to for their work freeing equipment stuck in a wellbore. President and co-owner Monnie Sparkman said the tires would cost about $1,500 to replace — “not that big of ...

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Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, closed

SUMMERLAND, Calif.— Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach remains closed as officials try to determine the source of smelly oil and tar balls that have washed ashore. The Public Health Department’s Susan Klein-Rothschild said Sunday that strong petroleum odors and oily substances on Summerland Beach have persisted. She says officials will reevaluate on Monday whether it’s safe ...

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Kansas earthquake decline coincides with injection rate reductions

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Earthquakes in Kansas have decreased since the Kansas Corporation Commission ordered oil companies in two southern counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject back into the ground, a state official said Friday. But it’s too soon to tell whether the decrease is a direct result of the KCC mandate, said Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological ...

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Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks

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BOSTON — An analysis of the state’s aging natural gas pipelines has found that they are riddled with about 20,000 potentially dangerous and environmentally damaging leaks which may cost ratepayers more than $1 billion. The analysis was conducted by Home Energy Efficiency Team, a Cambridge nonprofit that mapped the leak data submitted by the utilities under a new state law. ...

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Navajo Nation president eyes lifting advisory on river water

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The quality of San Juan River water on the Navajo Nation has returned to what it was before a spill at a Colorado gold mine sent toxic sludge into the waterway, federal and tribal officials said Thursday. The testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency along with that of the Navajo EPA prompted tribal President Russell Begaye ...

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Officials investigating Shell’s unsettling discovery

If there’s valuable lesson we can retain from the movie Poltergeist, it’s that developing over the burial ground for the dead can certainly throw a wrench in your plans. Shell Chemicals seemed to take the cue when human remains were discovered at the site of its proposed ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania. The Times Online reports two skulls ...

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