Every week, Fracked Earth News collects top energy and climate change headlines, including:
__2015 was the warmest year on record. January 2016 was off-the-record, too, in terms of heat, only the heat wasn’t evenly distributed and, instead, has been most pronounced in the Arctic—“absurdly” so, say scientists. Arctic sea ice is also “well below levels” in 2012 which was a record low. Some speculate El Niño is having an impact, but no one knows to what extent. And no one knows what happens next.
__Three class action suits underway over the Flint water crisis with potentially “thousands” of residents joining in. Attorneys wanting to charge Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and other state officials think they can surmount the “sovereign immunity” challenge by claiming officials “violated the due process of Flint residents.”
__Oklahoma earthquakes are increasing in magnitude, with a 5.1 recorded northwest of Oklahoma City last Saturday. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants “a reduction of more than 500,000 barrels of wastewater daily, or about 40 percent less than previous levels” in northwest Oklahoma. The Sierra Club and Public Justice have filed a lawsuit against New Dominion, Chesapeake Operating and Devon Energy alleging fracking waste-water has contributed to “the state’s alarming spike in earthquake activity.”