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Increased Earthquake Activity Prompts Oklahoma to Reduce Wastewater Injection Rates in Limited Number of Wells

Regulators in Oklahoma have issued new restrictions on underground injection control wells in the vicinity of the Arbuckle formation – a 122 square mile area that recently experienced a cluster of minor earthquake activity, citing ongoing concerns over the increased incidence of seismicity. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s (OCC) Oil and Gas Conservation Division announced the … Continue Reading

Texas Operator Pushes Back on Seismic Claims at Railroad Commission Hearing

Earlier this week, the Texas Railroad Commission held its first “show cause” hearing under the rule amendments adopted last October to address issues related to disposal wells located in potential high-risk seismic areas. Under the amendments, the Railroad Commission has the authority to modify, suspend, or terminate a disposal well permit if it is determined … Continue Reading

Study Linking Earthquakes to Fracing May Shake the Ballots

On October 15, seismologist Paul A. Friberg published an article in the journal Seismological Research Letters that links earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing. The report was published less than a month before today’s vote, in which several communities will make decisions affecting the burgeoning domestic energy business. The article links hydraulic fracturing, not only to the … Continue Reading

Multistate Regulators Meet in Columbus, Discuss Seismic Activity

From October 19th to 21st, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission hosted its 2014 annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.  The organization is a collection of regulators from states in which there is significant oil and natural gas exploration and development, and it advocates for states’ rights to govern petroleum resources within their borders.  One … Continue Reading

Texas Railroad Commission Proposes New Regulations for High-Risk Seismic Areas

On Tuesday, amidst claims that hydraulic fracturing could be causing earthquakes in some parts of Texas, the Texas Railroad Commission proposed amendments to permitting regulations for injection wells. The proposed rules would require drillers to submit additional information as part of the permit application process for injection wells in areas designated as high-risk for seismic … Continue Reading

Ohio Links Earthquakes to Fracking, Toughens Drilling Rules Near Fault Lines

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is tightening permit conditions for horizontal drillers after a report from state geologists found a “probable connection” between hydraulic fracturing and a string of small earthquakes near Youngstown, Ohio. The ODNR’s new rules require companies drilling within 3 miles of a known fault or an area of seismic … Continue Reading
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