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UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

New laws governing everything from partially full wine bottles to fracking are set to become law on Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Exxon, Chevron raise production forecast in Texas-New Mexico

The fracking boom is gaining speed in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, as Exxon Mobil and Chevron are primed to sharply boost oil production in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Fracking ban passes Senate

Senate votes to ban fracking in Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Federal agency to regulate oil injection wells in Idaho

The federal government has taken over regulating underground injection wells in Idaho in a move that could boost the state’s oil and natural gas production by making it cheaper to …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

How much did the downtown protest cost Olympia? About $40,000.

Cleanup of an 11-day protest in downtown Olympia over the shipment of fracking materials cost the city about $40,000, according to City Manager Steve Hall. Port Commissioner E.J. Zita wants …


Ex-Rep. Hinchey, who pushed to protect the environment, dies

Former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a veteran lawmaker known for pressing to protect the environment during a career that spanned from the era of the Love Canal toxic waste site …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:38 p.m.

4.4 magnitude earthquake recorded in northern Oklahoma

Officials say a relatively powerful earthquake has struck a remote area of northern Oklahoma.


Quinault Nation celebrates Army Corps decision on Dakota oil pipeline

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp and others from the tribe arrived at the Standing Rock protest camp just in time to join in the celebration after the decision by …


USGS records 5 earthquakes overnight in northern Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded five small earthquakes in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 3.9 temblor near Pawnee where the state’s largest earthquake was recorded in September.


USGS: 4.3 magnitude earthquake hits northern Oklahoma

No injuries or damage were reported after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma on Friday morning.


Residents file class-action suit over man-made earthquakes

Residents of the town hit by Oklahoma’s worst earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering dozens of temblors by injecting wastewater from …


Earthquakes rattle Oklahoma days after 5.0 magnitude temblor

A series of earthquakes has rattled parts of Oklahoma just days after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit a key oil hub in the north of the state.


Oklahoma oil operations resume after earthquake

State regulators in Oklahoma said normal operations have resumed at the Cushing oil storage terminal after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday night.


Satellite-based radar confirms man-made Texas earthquakes

Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas.


Oklahoma, EPA shutter 32 wells in new earthquake-prone area

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other …


EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake

Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the state’s strongest on record, state officials confirmed …


New data will help Colorado study health effects of fracking

New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.


U.S. proposal would cut methane emissions sharply

The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to …


4.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded at 4.1 magnitude earthquake in the Oklahoma City area. The quake struck at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday near Luther, about 30 miles north of Oklahoma …


Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming.


Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.


Oklahoma earthquakes prompt agency to order well cutbacks

Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators are making their most far-reaching directive yet in response to the spike in earthquakes in the state by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to …


First research links California quakes to oil operations

A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between …


U.S. drilling states get guidance on handling quakes

A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance in a frank new 150-page report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal …


Spotlight: Richter residency wraps up with Sept. 27 concert with Uzur

Brad Richter later this month will hold a weeklong guitar residency at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls, visiting area alternative high schools and leading workshops with …


Rock Doc: Japanese break the ice in search for natural gas

The name “natural gas” might be a puzzle. After all, how could there be such a thing as unnatural gas? The reason we call natural gas what we do has …


Interior sets new rules on hydraulic fracturing

The Obama administration is requiring companies drilling for natural gas on public and Indian lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.


North Dakota oil boom provides hope and prosperity

Kevin McLeod packed up his ’93 Dodge Ram and kissed his wife and 5-year-old son goodbye. From Coeur d’Alene, the 33-year-old construction worker headed east on Interstate 90, across the …