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Earthquakes in Kansas, Oklahoma prompt meeting over fracking

WICHITA, Kan.  — Environmental groups from Kansas and Oklahoma are hosting a public event this weekend that aimed at raising awareness about earthquakes and a hydraulic fracturing process commonly known as fracking that is used in drilling injection wells. The Sierra Club chapters from the two states have scheduled the meeting Saturday at the Medford Civic Center in Medford, Oklahoma. ...

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Encana lost $197k on oil in accident

When an oil well belonging to Encana Corp. exploded and shot gas into the air May 19 in Karnes County, the incident cost several families their homes as surrounding residents evacuated the area. According to a report released last week, the accident also proved to be an expensive loss for Encana, San Antonio Business Journal reports. The report, which Canadian ...

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State average gas prices have reached a high for 2015

Pump prices have climbed to the highest of the year and AAA believes the summer will see a plateau and possibly a drop in pricing. Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, said prices in the region have “surged” because of a few refinery issues “that have limited production.” “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gasoline production in the Midwest ...

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Railroad Commission picks Porter as new leader

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter was unanimously selected Tuesday to be the new chairman of the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency. Porter, a CPA who practiced in Midland, providing services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners and oil field service companies, takes over the post from outgoing Chairwoman Christi Craddick. “As Railroad Commissioners, it is our job to ...

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Broad approach needed to pinpoint earthquake causes

Requiring oil and gas drillers to provide additional data and developing better maps that detail underground fault lines would help state officials — and the public — come to a better understanding of why the Earth is suddenly on the move in North Texas. The ideas came during a sometimes testy meeting Friday in Austin between scientists and oil and ...

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Natural gas growth keeps on truckin’ in Texas

Natural gas continues its boom in Texas as Railroad Commissioner David Porter announced Thursday that fleets are purchasing natural gas to fuel their vehicles in record numbers, according to new numbers from the state Comptroller’s office. During the commissioner’s Fort Worth Texas Natural Gas Workshop, hosted by the TCU Energy Institute, Porter caught everyone up on the latest statistics involving ...

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