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Fracking Well Shutdown Extended As Researchers Study Link To Earthquakes In Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Two natural gas exploration companies have agreed to extend the shutdowns of two injection wells in Arkansas as researchers study whether the operations are linked to more than 1,000 unexplained earthquakes in the region…

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Two natural gas exploration companies have agreed to extend the shutdowns of two injection wells in Arkansas as researchers study whether the operations are linked to more than 1,000 unexplained earthquakes in the region, a state commission said Wednesday.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Clarita Operating LLC asked to postpone a scheduled April 26 hearing on the shutdowns until the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission’s next meeting on May 24, said Shane Khoury, deputy director and general counsel for the commission.

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