Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Petroleum Companies Assume Injection Wells Factor In Crescent Area Earthquakes

Here's the News 9 report on the petroleum industry response to Increasing quake activity:

CRESCENT, Oklahoma -
In response to recent earthquakes in the Crescent, Oklahoma, area, operators of oil and gas wastewater disposal wells closest to the earthquake activity are taking new actions, including closing two disposal wells. 
According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC,) after being contacted by the Commission’s Oil and Gas Division, operators of two of the wells are shutting down operations, while the third well farthest from the activity will reduce its injected volume by 50 percent.
OCC officials said operators of the wells took the actions voluntarily. No directives were necessary.

Logan County Not Allowed To Enforce A Ban 

The Oklahoma Legislature recently overwhelmingly passed a law which nullifies any effort by county or city officials to take protective action. Even though that county stands to suffer great damage by the actions of petroleum producers.
  Rep. Jason Murphey believes the law is like not letting counties have authority to place burn bans in effect during high local fire risk.

News 9 OKC continues...
On Monday, multiple earthquakes rumbled in the Crescent, Oklahoma, area, ranging from 4.0 to 4.5 in magnitude. At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, another 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded three miles north, northeast of Crescent.

News 9 spoke with a homeowner in Crescent, who said the 4.5-magnitude earthquake that stuck there at about 1:10 p.m. Monday knocked pictures from the walls and damaged other walls. 

David Van Risseghem

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