earthquakes

4:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail

Bloomberg Business reports that Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.
Environment
5:45 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

As Oklahoma Agency Pointed to Natural Causes, Staff Suspected Quakes Were Linked to Oil

The Oklahoma Geological Survey on April 21 acknowledged Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquake surge is “very likely” triggered by wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a formal recognition that comes after years of scientific research that reached similar conclusions.

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Environment
12:42 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

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3:23 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Goodbye to an Oklahoma Earthquake Observatory

The New Yorker reports on the history and closing of the Oklahoma Geological Survey's Leonard Geophysical Laboratory, located just south of the town of Leonard.
Wend your way through the forest of red and white oak trees just outside the unincorporated township of Leonard, Oklahoma, and eventually you'll find yourself at Glasnost Road. Glasnost intersects with Observatory Lane-the reflective road signs are written in English and Russian, so you won't get lost-and there you'll come across two modest buildings, one enclosed by a high fence and an unexpected redbud tree.
Environment
4:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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Environment
9:15 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

PBS Newshour: Oklahoma Links Earthquakes To Oil And Gas Industry Wastewater

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz appeared on the PBS News Hour with Gwen Ifill tonight to talk about the connection.

Here & Now
1:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:24 pm

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent years.

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1:32 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Yorker: Weather Underground

Rivka Galchen reports on the increasing instances of earthquakes in Oklahoma and how mankind may be causing them.
In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen's seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies.
Environment
2:23 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

On Point: Fracking And Earthquakes In Middle America

Until 2008, the state of Oklahoma averaged one or two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater a year. Then the lid blew off those numbers.  Rising year by year. To 20. Then 42. Then hundreds. Last year, Oklahoma had 585 earthquakes that size. This year, it’s on track for more than 700. Walls shake. Bricks fall. It’s nerve-wracking. And, say experts, it’s all about how the state’s energy companies go after oil and gas. And huge volumes of water being pumped deep in the earth. Now the earth is moving.

Headlines
8:15 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Headlines: Oil Revenues Drop, FEMA Says No & ODOT Studies Earthquakes

Headlines for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • Declining oil prices cuts into Oklahoma’s revenue collections. (NewsOK)

  • FEMA refuses a disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland Counties after tornadoes last month. (Tulsa World)

  • The State Department of Transportation is looking into earthquake effects on bridges. (Journal Record)

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