News bites: Quake tied to oil projects, companies’ trading escapes scrutiny, and more

“A damaging earthquake in central Oklahoma two years ago most likely resulted from the pumping of wastewater from oil production into deep wells, scientists say,” the paper reports.

Here’s a little more from the story:

The magnitude 5.7 quake, which destroyed more than a dozen homes and injured two people, was one in a series that occurred in November 2011 in an oil-producing area near Prague, Okla. The researchers said the quakes occurred near wells where wastewater had been injected into porous rock for two decades.

Reuters reports that oil companies are “largely escaping” close scrutiny of their derivatives trading.

The Associated Press unwraps new polling that finds U.S. support for climate change preparation, but little appetite for paying for some protections.

“More than 4 out of 5 Americans want to prepare now for rising seas and stronger storms from climate change, a new national survey says. But most are unwilling to keep spending money to restore and protect stricken beaches,” their story states.

Slate magazine explores energy storage technologies.

The Calgary Herald reports on efforts to recruit U.S. military veterans for jobs in Canada’s growing oil sands projects.