Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Swarm study

Oilfield operations caused Kern quakes, research says

Wastewater disposal and earthquake swarm activity at the southern end of the Central Valley. AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION

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San Francisco Chronicle & Bakersfield Californian

For the first time, scientists have reported that the underground disposal of wastewater from oil drilling has probably triggered earthquakes in Kern County in 2005, a problem already rattling nerves in Oklahoma and other states. The new report has arrived just a week before the start of a separate scientific investigation that will explore the potential for seismicity from oilfield injection work.

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Water test finds problem is inside Fresno homes

Fresno Bee & KFSN Fresno

Traces of lead have been found in water samples at some Fresno homes, but officials say the water is safe to drink as long as homeowners flush their taps for a minute or two. The culprit of water discoloration isn't the city. The problem is somewhere inside the homes, likely caused by iron or copper pipe corrosion.

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State's 'big awakening' on Salton Sea concerns

San Bernardino Sun

Planners working on the preservation of the Salton Sea envision a smaller version surviving indefinitely, with some of the costs for its maintenance recovered by economic development. After decades of little movement on the Salton Sea's major problem — its shrinkage — Gov. Jerry Brown and his team have made it clear that the future of this giant body of water is a priority.

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