Kansas finds “immediate danger” to public from fracking earthquakes.
It is time for other states to step up and protect the public from fracking earthquakes. But Texas lawmakers take a giant leap backward with HB 40.
As reported by Mike Soraghan for EnergyWire
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Kansas has linked their earthquakes to fracking waste disposal.
BLUFF CITY, Kan. — Regulators in Kansas have imposed sharp restrictions on oil and gas activity in two southern counties in response to increased earthquakes in the area.
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) cited an “immediate danger” to public safety as the reason for limiting the pressure that can be used to inject wastewater into disposal wells and the volumes that can be injected.
In the meantime, Big Oil in Oklahoma is trying to shush scientists who try to link earthquakes to fracking.
Also in the meantime, Texas regulators refuse to see the link between fracking and fracking earthquakes. And the Texas Legislature is stripping away local control of fracking leaving cities with no ability to mitigate impacts.
“They’re hurting a lot of people,” Smith said of oil companies and their wells. “They’re doing incremental damage to so many homes.” EnergyWire
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