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Water gushes from abandoned oil wells in Texas

A troubling trend of water erupting from abandoned oil wells in West Texas raises unanswered questions about the cause and impact on the environment.

Dylan Baddour reports for Inside Climate News.

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fracking-related earthquakes shake Texas oilfield

Another large earthquake shakes the Texas oilfield

The 5.2 magnitude earthquake is tied for the fourth strongest in Texas history. It occurred in an area where oilfield companies have long been injecting wastewater from fracking underground.
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This rural township is trying to make it easier to fight injection wells

Officials in Clara Township in Potter County, Pa., said they weren't notified about an injection well application in time. They want to change that.
Fayette County proposed injection well

After Fayette County’s first proposed injection well is withdrawn, residents are still worried

The injection well would have been 300 feet from the nearest home and dispose of fracking wastewater, which may pose risks to groundwater and air quality.
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A rural Pennsylvania community goes to Commonwealth Court, trying to stop a new disposal well for toxic fracking wastewater

The facility, in Plum Borough outside Pittsburgh, would be the state’s 15th “injection” well. Pennsylvania’s gas industry has never had a comprehensive plan for disposing of vast quantities of highly polluting produced water.

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Democratic state Sen. Katie Muth, one of only a few lawmakers in attendance, said strong action isn’t likely, given the state’s “bipartisan love affair with gas and oil.” But two Republicans have introduced legislation banning injection wells for toxic wastewater from fracking.

EPA approves permit for controversial fracking disposal well in Pennsylvania

EPA approves permit for controversial fracking disposal well in Pennsylvania

The well, in Plum Borough near Pittsburgh, is a repurposed conventional well, which locals fear is at higher risk for leaks and material failures that could contaminate local drinking water.