Earthquake in Texas’ oil hotspot prompts new fracking rules

A powerful earthquake in West Texas draws attention to frackers’ water management operations in the nation’s hottest oil-producing region.

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake, the fourth largest in Texas history, hit an oil and gas production hotspot in Reeves County on Wednesday afternoon, causing tremors felt up to Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio, where it damaged a historical landmark. No injuries were reported.


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