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A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Mega injections of wastewater triggered more quakes, study says

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Wells that pumped more than 12 million gallons of saltwater into the ground per month were far more likely to trigger quakes than those that put lesser amounts per month, the study from the University of Colorado found.
Barbara Brown poses for a photo by the front step of her home that now sits about one foot off the surface of her lawn June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the top of the step once sat about four inches off the surface of her lawn. Brown said she believes the sinkholes on her property and the drop of her lawn have to do with natural gas drilling. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Research links Oklahoma quakes to drilling activity

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A recent surge in central Oklahoma earthquakes is likely linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in a handful of high-volume underground wells in the state, according to research released Thursday.
A Pacific Bluefin tuna. (Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium / Randy Wilder)

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

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Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.
Marcia McNutt, former director of the U.S. Geological Survey

Former Obama official urges Keystone XL approval

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The ranks of former Obama administration officials coming out in support of Keystone XL grew again on Thursday as recent U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt said it was time to approve the controversial oil pipeline.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Methane emissions higher than federal estimates, study shows

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National methane emissions are up to 75 percent higher than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously estimated, according to a study to be published Friday.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

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The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
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Small Texas quakes linked to injecting CO2 underground

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A cluster of earthquakes in Texas may be tied to oil companies injecting carbon dioxide into deep rock formations in the area, according to a paper released Monday.

“Experience” Is Not The Same Thing As Achievement

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In oil & gas I’m dismayed to see that the phrase “has more experience” is sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase “has been around longer”. There’s a clear difference, and it’s important to see both what that difference is and what its implications are.

An Undergraduate Degree Is Just the Beginning For Young Professionals In Oil & Gas

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If you think showing up and doing a good job alone will get you to the top, think again. Furthering your education proves that you have a desire to learn more, and that you can set long term goals and follow through on them. Those pursuing graduate degrees (especially those doing so while they work) work very hard, and everything else being equal, the extra qualification could mean the difference between promotion and stagnation.

The Oil & Gas Industry Does Its Job Too Well

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Actually, it turns out that everything involved in getting oil & gas out of the ground is an example of pushing the limits of our knowledge of science and its applications: finding potential reserves requires super computers programmed using incredibly complex mathematical models, drilling for oil & gas requires precision-engineered rigs that must operate safely while withstanding constant physical wear under extreme conditions, and transporting oil & gas is impossible without thousands of miles of highly complex pipelines