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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:06 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oil Companies Shut Down Wells Near Earthquake Swarm

A disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

After a swarm of earthquakes recorded near the town of Crescent, which peaked with a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Monday, state regulators asked a pair of oil companies to limit activity at three nearby disposal wells.

Monday’s quake caused light damage. Multiple people reported feeling it in Arkansas, more than 400 miles away

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:40 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

State Authorities Broaden Disposal Well Regulations in Earthquake-Prone Regions

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities are expanding regulations on disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state. The orders, known as directives, were issued this week and broaden restrictions issued nearly four months ago.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:12 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Plug-Back or Prove It: Oklahoma’s Anti-Earthquake Orders in Action

Oil-field workers use sledgehammers to unstick a pipe at the George saltwater disposal well near Wakita in northwestern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Two burly ben armed with sledgehammers take turns bashing a khaki-colored steel flange fastened to a pipe in the middle of a soggy, gravely lot near Wakita in northwestern Oklahoma.

The tangle of valves and fittings, called the Christmas tree, has to come off before Jay Storm’s crew can start their work in earnest.

“Everything is a little seized up this morning, so we’re having to manually try to get a couple different components separated by hand,” says Storm, completions supervisor for Tulsa-based Eagle Energy Exploration.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Regulators Issue Tougher Disposal Well Directives as Oklahoma’s Quake Risk Rises

An American Energy Woodford well near Perkins, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to surge in Oklahoma and seismologists warn of more frequent and more damaging shaking, the state’s oil and gas regulator is issuing new orders to companies operating wells in seismically active regions of the state.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s new requirements, known as directives, were mailed March 18 to 92 people or companies operating 347 Arbuckle formation disposal wells in quake-prone regions of the state.

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Energy
1:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Wind Energy Regulation Coming to Oklahoma

A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday ended its four-month inquiry into wind energy development in Oklahoma. The examination could lead to new rules, though it’s not clear what they might be or which agency would enforce them.

The commission heard from vocal landowners for and against wind farms. Developers lauded the economic potential of Oklahoma’s wind, while conservationists and Indian tribes warned that, left unchecked, turbines would kill threatened bird species and ruin delicate grasslands.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Corporation Commission Increases Monitoring and Inspections of Disposal Wells

At a meeting Tuesday, Oklahoma Corporation Commission has stepped up monitoring and inspections of disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state.

The efforts come as regulators, scientists and energy companies gather new information on the links between earthquakes and oil and gas production.

Agency inspectors are focusing on a small fraction of the roughly 12,000 injection wells where oil and gas waste is pumped deep underground.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests

Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests oil and gas production is fueling this increase in seismic activity.

new paper published today in the journal Science, suggests a small number of wastewater wells used in drilling operations could be responsible for many of the quakes.

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Election 2014
8:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

GOP and Democrats Go to Runoff Vote for District 5; Hiett Wins Corporation Commission Spot

Todd Hiett is the newest member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Credit Todd Hiett campaign / http://votetoddhiett.net/

The election to fill the 5th Congressional District seat that opened when James Lankford decided to run for U.S. Senate is going to a run-off on both the Democratic and Republican sides.

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