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Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes

AUSTIN, Texas  — The regulatory agency overseeing Texas’ oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn’t caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. The preliminary findings mark the first decision by the Texas Railroad Commission since it was authorized last year to consider whether seismological activity was caused by ...

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ERCOT warns of potential need for power outages

After power consumption broke 2011 records for three consecutive days this month, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for conservation Thursday morning. During the peak period of 3 to 7 p.m., energy consumers in Texas are being asked to help keep the power grid in working condition by making changes to how they use their electricity. ERCOT ...

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West Texas won’t tolerate illegal dumping anymore

Illegal dumping from both individuals and energy companies have bogged down the Permian Basin for years now. County officials have noticed an upswing in illegally dumped waste including cars, tires, yard waste and oil and gas by-products, but NineWest reports that it won’t be tolerated for much longer. “There are some individuals and some companies as in any business, that ...

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Oil company gets $130K fine

The Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District leveled a $130,000 fine against a small oil company accused of illegally dumping toxic waste water in a stretch of rural pasture near Imperial. The waste, known as produced water, emerges from an oil well after completion and contains potentially harmful organic and inorganic chemicals. Six of the 11 groundwater district members that attended ...

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New saltwater disposal facility offers warm meals, hot showers to Eagle Ford truckers

Fortress Environmental Services (FES) cut the red ribbon on a new $9.3 million saltwater disposal (SWD) well this week in the Eagle Ford region. The state-of-the-art well is located in Waelder, Texas. FES stated that the objective of the site is  to serve oil & gas hydraulic fracturing operations in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. Per the Texas Railroad Commission, ...

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Oil industry warns of costs in issuing moratorium on wells

Natural Gas well in the Horn River Basin gas play of Northeastern British Columbia

OKLAHOMA CITY — Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry warn that issuing a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells could hurt Oklahoma’s economy. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is investigating whether the wells are triggering earthquakes in the state. The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes last year. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says there have been more than 500 earthquakes ...

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