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Fourth-generation farmer Mike Hopkins, of Palla Farms, poses for photos at his almond orchard Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Bakersfield, Calif. Hopkins says damage from the oil-field injection into the aquifer forced him to pull up his cherry trees in 2013, and has filed suit blaming the oil companies whose fracking wells and other oil and gas installations ring his orchards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

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An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.
Caroline Lucas, a Green Party member in the UK Parliament, stands outside the main entrance to the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, England, as anti fracking demonstrations continue near the drill site, Sunday Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA)

U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

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Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.
Growing concern about water use during hydraulic fracturing prompted the Railroad Commission to adopt new rules for water recycling.  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Water outreach should be a priority for drillers, report says

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Oil companies don’t have the best reputations in the communities where they drill, and can be seen as threats to local water supplies.

UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

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The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water.
(Source/World Resources Institute)

Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

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According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.
Facing growing concerns about the links between earthquakes and drilling, the Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday proposed new rules for injection wells.
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Officials shut drilling waste well after second quake

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Colorado regulators have ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal well east of Greeley after seismologists detected two earthquakes in the area in less than a month.
(Star-Telegram/Paul Moseley)

Texas regulators: Can’t tie water contamination to drilling

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A geologist for Texas regulators wrote that the agency has determined that there is insufficient evidence tying drilling to methane contamination beneath a Texas neighborhood and the agency will not investigate further.
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Calif. county considers fracturing ban

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For the past several months, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians have worked to collect enough signatures to propose a ban on hydraulic fracturing.
(Photo: Zach Heller Photography)

Energy companies warned about water availability

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As water becomes increasingly scarce, oil and gas companies must start looking at it as an asset, expert says.
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Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) natural gas storage tanks sit on an island in Guanabara Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

World Cup power concerns spur record gas buying in Brazil

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Miguel Abitbol spent almost $4,000 on television equipment to show World Cup soccer matches at his bar and restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. He’s praying there will be enough electricity to power it.