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March 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
The injection of wastewater from natural gas drilling into a disposal well probably caused a dozen earthquakes in Ohio, officials said Friday as they announced new regulations to deal with the issue. The findings about the probable cause of the earthquakes, which occurred in the Youngstown area between March and late December 2011, are likely to intensify an increasingly bitter debate about the safety of hydraulic fracturing in states that sit atop natural gas deposits. Hydraulic fracturing injects sand and water laced with chemicals into the earth at high pressure to break apart shale rock formations and free natural gas trapped inside.
April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
June 23, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A United Airlines Boeing 727 jet on a flight from San Diego to Los Angeles was diverted to Las Vegas this morning when the aircraft experienced hydraulic failure, a spokeswoman said. The plane, carrying 73 passengers and crew members, landed safely at McCarran International Airport at 8:16 a.m., a McCarran spokeswoman said. She said the aircraft was diverted to McCarran because of fog and haze at Los Angeles International Airport. The pilot reported loss of nose wheel steering capability on the aircraft.
February 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas - Just a few years ago this was a sleepy town of 5,600, and people eked out a living from the land. They farmed, worked ranches and leased their property to hunters to make a few dollars. Now, an oil and gas boom is transforming the economy of south Texas, turning Carrizo Springs into a busy city of at least 40,000. Texas oil companies, tapping a vast formation called the Eagle Ford shale, have nearly doubled oil production over the last two years and by next year are expected to produce 4 million barrels a day. That would catapult Texas ahead of Iran, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates to become the fifth-biggest oil producer in the world.
January 10, 2007
Re "A final flight into the history books," Current, Jan. 7 As I recall, there was no system on the DC-10 to prevent asymmetrical leading-edge slat retraction on its wings, which occurred in the 1979 Chicago accident. When the hydraulic lines were damaged by the loss of the engine on the left wing, it stopped flying, while the right wing continued to fly. That caused loss of control. Other aircraft had such fail-safe systems. I never flew on a DC-10 after that accident. JIM HALLORAN Redondo Beach
July 29, 2010
Urban car culture is the focus of the colorful annual Lowrider Nationals, which showcases plenty of rolling works of art and hydraulic stunts. Take in more than 500 custom cars, a hop contest, a stereo sound-off and live performances from Junebug, Lil Cuete, Tino Cochino and more. Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St., Bakersfield. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sun. Adult $25, children 7-11 $5, children 6 and younger free. (323) 352-8384.
May 11, 1989
A former U.S. Navy bomb handler, recalling the horror of losing a nuclear bomb at sea in 1965, said the accident may have been caused by improper preparation for a nuclear weapons loading drill, the San Diego Tribune reported. William Lane, who witnessed an A-4E Skyhawk jet equipped with a hydrogen bomb roll off the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga 24 years ago, said the jet's pilot apparently could not reach the pre-set controls with his feet to stop the plane from plunging into the Pacific Ocean off Japan.
April 8, 1990
Regarding James D. Lehr's letter "Saltwater Flushes" (March 25) about "mandatory saltwater connections in Avalon." The trade-off in Avalon is a future disaster for homeowners. This is in terms of the destruction that the saltwater makes on Avalon's many cast-iron house sewer lines, much less the creation of lower-depth hot soil (due to leaks). The splitting of these lines will occur at the hydraulic flow line, with further future deterioration, rather quickly. This will bring smiles to plumbers and lawyers from possible suits against the city of Avalon.
August 2, 1989
Imagine the moment of terror. A jolting crash out of nowhere like someone had just backed into you at the supermarket. The plane takes a sickening drop in altitude. Inside the cockpit, the crew discovers that the controls of the giant aircraft have incredibly, inexplicably turned to mush. The one-in-a-million nightmare, every airline pilot's worst fear, has become a horrible reality. The United Airlines DC-10 wobbles uncertainly across the sky. Mortally crippled. So begins the harrowing odyssey of Flight 232. A tremendous amount of credit must be given to the heroic efforts of Capt.
Fifteen years ago, Denise Bredfeldt was an undereducated malcontent at a down-and-out Missouri factory that rebuilt diesel engines. Then her boss did her the favor of eliminating her job. He tailored a different one for her and gave her a crash course in finance to demonstrate why her new task of rebuilding transmissions made the company much more money than her old one of building hydraulic valves and pumps. Bredfeldt was sold on the power of numbers. Today, she holds a college degree and is a manager with that same grubby company, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp.
January 22, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Small creeks dart past oak, white pine and hickory, become streams that nourish farmland and towns, and create a river that courses through two states and the nation's capital. About 4 million people depend on that water. For decades, the U.S. Forest Service identified preserving its purity as the top priority for the national forest. Now, the agency is considering allowing George Washington to become the first national forest to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
December 16, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday. The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental spills at nearby wells could wind up. Tests of water from sites with no fracking activity also revealed the activity of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.
December 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I always feel fleeced after going to Staples Center; the prices are just enormous. This might be the worst value in America, and that includes the Kardashian sisters and overpriced Bavarian sedans. Still, I go because "that's where the money is," as Willie Sutton purportedly said when asked why he robbed banks. Were he alive today, even Sutton could not afford a Lakers game. Yet, there is a buzzy, irresistible splendor to the joint. I hate that I like it. Honestly, there is a giant Christmas tree outside Staples that looks to be made of recycled Toyotas.
September 4, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster. A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second. Democrat Fran Pavley's oil fracking regulation bill is one of the most significant and controversial that the Legislature is fighting over in the final days of its 2013 session, scheduled to adjourn Sept. 13. Unless you have been buried 10,000 feet underground with all that untapped oil, you've probably read about fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing.
May 28, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
OCATE, N.M. - Sitting in the tidy living room of the home they built themselves, Sandra and Roger Alcon inventory what they see as the bounty of their lives: freedom, family, community, land, animals … and water. "We've lived off the land for five generations," said Roger Alcon, 63, looking out on a northern New Mexico landscape of high mesas, ponderosa pines and black Angus cattle. "We have what we need. We've been very happy, living in peace. " Wells are the Alcons' only source of water.
May 17, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Hydraulic fracturing, the process that involves shooting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals underground to crack shale formations and unlock oil and gas, would become more difficult under new rules proposed by the Interior Department. As The Times reported , the government on Thursday proposed new rules to regulate “fracking” on federal land. The process has been criticized for being environmentally unsafe; critics want to know what chemicals are being injected, and they want to ensure that air and water supplies are protected.
The mystery surrounding the bizarre disappearance of the father of Chicago Bulls basketball superstar Michael Jordan was partially solved Friday when a body that had been found floating in a South Carolina creek on Aug. 3 was identified as that of James Jordan. Officials said that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest. Jordan, 57, had been missing for three weeks and it wasn't until Thursday that the matter became public.
February 15, 1987
Here is a chronology of incidents involving the Navy and Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, which were grounded Saturday for correction of a transmission problem. Oct. 18, 1982--A malfunction on a Tustin-based CH-53E led to parts flying off the machine, causing $30,000 damage. No one was injured. Nov. 30, 1982--A Tustin-based CH-53E lost cargo and fuel tank, causing $71,000 damage. Feb. 10, 1983--A main rotor sheared on a CH-53E during a flight near San Diego. No one was injured.
December 18, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Under pressure from state lawmakers and environmentalists, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial drilling process driving the nation's oil and gas boom. The proposed rules, released Tuesday, would require energy companies to disclose for the first time the chemicals they inject deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. They also would have to reveal the location of the wells where they use the procedure.
October 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - For all the millions of dollars they earn, the chartered jets they fly and the luxury hotels in which they stay, baseball players have their moments when they are just like the rest of us. The San Francisco Giants could testify to that. The Giants were stuck on an airplane for hours late Friday night, well into the early hours of Saturday morning. They waited for a destination, for more fuel, for the mechanics to fix the hydraulics. What could have been a two-hour journey turned into a nine-hour ordeal.
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