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Oil rigs extract petroleum as the price of crude oil rises to nearly $120 per barrel, prompting oil companies to reopen numerous wells across the nation that were considered tapped out and unprofitable decades ago when oil sold for one-fifth the price or less, on April 25, 2008 in the …

Largest Oil and Gas Reserves Ever Assessed Found in West Texas

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the Permian Basin’s Wolfcamp shale and Bone Spring formation spanning parts of West Texas and eastern New Mexico hold the largest potential oil and gas resources ever discovered. Federal surveyors note the Bone Spring plays could offer roughly seven times the amount of oil as the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

Jake Hart, 13, plays in the rising floodwater during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred …

Midwest ‘Flash Drought’ Warns El Niño May Hammer West Coast

The “flash drought” in the upper plains states, and rising temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, are warnings that another El Niño is forming that could slam the West Coast this winter with heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and infrastructure failure risks.

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3.1 Earthquake Strikes near San Ramon, California

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday morning in San Ramon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:34 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.6 miles.

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Earthquake Swarm Breaks 1990 Record

A series of 400 small earthquakes have rattled the East Bay city of San Ramon and the surrounding areas since October 13, breaking a 1990 record that had seen 350 rattlers in more than double the amount of time.

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Faulty USGS Sensors Record ‘Ghost’ Earthquakes

Malfunctions in the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) earthquake detection system in Northern California resulted in three false earthquake alarms in the past few days.