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The federal government is investing $331 million in 85 projects to improve improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the rural U.S. According to AgriNews, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s program will span 39 states and American Samoa. All told, the Obama Administration has invested almost $14 billion to support rural water efforts. That includes nearly 6,000 water and waste infrastructure projects that currently benefit almost 20 million rural residents. Agriculture Secretary Tom...

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As fracking activity in Oklahoma proliferated, the frequency of earthquakes in the state began to skyrocket. And as the quakes increased, so did the tension between federal and state researchers about the causes of the rumbling. So StateImpact Oklahoma decided to take a closer look at that feud. What they found was unsettling, though perhaps unsurprising to many. As earthquake activity spiked, federal scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey feared that Oklahoma’s citizens weren’t getting...

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The staggering frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma has caused many problems, not all of them having to do with geology. The state has now come up with a way to settle disputes that arise because of regulatory actions issued to reduce quakes, reports StateImpact. Earlier this year oil and gas company SandRidge Energy was asked to shut down disposal wells that were thought to be causing seismic activity. The financially strapped company refused for several weeks before bowing to the threat of...

Oklahoma Corporation Commission / Rural Blog

Oklahoma has announced a new plan to slow the staggering rise of earthquakes in the state, reports The Rural Blog . The earthquakes have been linked to fracking and wastewater disposal performed by the oil and gas industry. The new plan will cover more than 5,200 square miles of central Oklahoma. This plan comes on the heels of an expanded plan, already in place, that covers northwestern Oklahoma. Together, the two projects cover more than 10,000 square miles and more than 640 disposal wells....

Drought pushes wastewater into Texas spotlight

May 14, 2014

The depleting of aquifers and endless drought has spurred discussion, debate, and even court cases about who owns the water. Groundwater and rain are familiar disagreements, but in Texas wastewater has stepped on stage.