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Oklahoma oil, gas regulators order changes after earthquakes

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The state commission that regulates Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry ordered some injection well operators to reduce wastewater disposal volumes on Monday after at least a dozen earthquakes hit an area north of Oklahoma City in less than a week. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said it was implementing a plan that affects five wastewater injection wells ...

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Disposal well plan expected after latest Oklahoma quakes

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was working Wednesday to finalize a plan for wastewater disposal well operators to shut down or reduce volume in north-central Oklahoma, which has been rattled by a swarm of earthquakes. Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the agency’s oil and gas division was working on a plan that could be released this week. The ...

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Study: Larger Oklahoma quakes caused by industrial activity

TULSA, Okla. — A new study indicates that most of the larger earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past century may have been caused by industrial activity. The paper by the U.S. Geological Survey will be published in December’s Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. It suggests the uptick in earthquakes since 2009 in the central and eastern U.S. is ...

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Oklahoma regulators impose water injection cut to stem earthquakes

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject underground by 38 percent from current levels ...

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Oklahoma broadens oil and gas drilling regulations to stem quakes

Oklahoma is expanding restrictions on oil and gas drilling activities to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes that has worried residents, damaged homes and raised concerns about the future of the energy industry in the state. But the action, announced on Friday, fell short of more drastic measures expected after a further increase in the rate of significant quakes last ...

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City to finalize new oil and gas regs


After months of work, updates to Norman’s oil and gas regulations may not have the bite environmental reformers say they want. The proposed code changes will come before the Norman City Council on Tuesday, the sole item up for detailed discussion and adoption at the 6:30 p.m. meeting. “I think the ordinance we’re going to adopt on Tuesday goes a ...

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Energy companies show increased interest in Oklahoma

As energy companies cut thousands of jobs due to falling energy prices, some gas and oil companies appear to be expanding their operations in northeastern Pittsburg County. PetroQuest Energy, BP America Production Company, and XTO Energy, Inc. have recently issued legal notices alerting the public to Oklahoma Corporation Commission hearings about their intent to drill in scenic northeast Pittsburg County. ...

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2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig

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COALGATE, Okla. — An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma. Authorities said the explosion occurred at the rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate in a remote area of rural Coal County about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the ...

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