U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday halted nearly 300 oil and gas leases on a large section of federal land in Montana that had been approved by an agency of the Interior Department and ordered the agency to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of the impact of fracking on drinking water.

District Court Judge Brian Morris said in his ruling that the Bureau of Land Management … [more…]

State halts work on Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

State halts work on Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

Photo: Enbridge Line 5 is an oil and natural gas pipeline that crosses under the St. Clair River from Michigan to Sarnia. The pipeline’s future is being debated in Michigan where the governor has promised to shut it down. FILE PHOTO / /THE OBSERVER

Enbridge says it is “surprised and disappointed” by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order this week for state agencies to stop work on a project to build … [more…]

It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

map: USA showing earthquake epicenter. It's Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of that extremely rare earthquake struck near a known fracking operation.

The Wichita Eagle noted from the study that this man-made quake, which hit 40 miles southwest of Wichita … [more…]

California’s Looming Water Pollution Problem, Produced Water

photo: Tom Frantz standing in standing groundwater in a grove of almond tress. California's Looming Water Pollution Problem: produced water

Tom Frantz on his almond grove in Shafter, California. (Photo: Jonas Jungblut)

In California’s Central Valley, the oil industry has been dumping wastewater into unlined—and under-regulated—ponds, threatening the state’s limited groundwater and the humans who rely on it.

In the winter of 2001, Tom Frantz and a friend were cruising in his pick-up truck along a stretch of Highway 33 in Kern County, California. Known as the Petroleum Highway, this … [more…]