Authorities are trying to determine what’s been causing the earthquakes in an area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Many residents believe the tremors are related to injection wells used in the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process.
The natural gas boom has turned the United States into a magnet for production of the chemical methanol, with nine major plants expected to be built, expanded or restarted in the country in the coming years.
Oil and gas producers worldwide bought fewer assets and spent more on developing a huge stockpile of reserves and acreage in 2013, bringing merger and acquisition activity to its lowest level in five years.
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