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Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of a damaging earthquake hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability. In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday ...

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Global Water Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi features Sourcewater Founding CEO Josh Adler

The Global Water Summit 2016, April 19-20 in Abu Dhabi, is focused on the future of global water resources. Leaders in the water industry from business, government and academia will gather to discuss the theme of “Water 2050: the Future is Now.” Josh Adler, Founder and CEO of Sourcewater, lends his expertise to the summit in an industry session titled, ...

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Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

Oklahoma regulators release plan to reduce temblors

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State regulators are asking oil and gas producers in central Oklahoma to restrict wastewater disposal operations to help temper a sharp increase in the number and severity of earthquakes. Monday’s request covers more than 400 wells across 5,200 square miles. It comes after a similar directive in February covering nearly 250 wells in northwestern Oklahoma. Scientists ...

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Minimizing the risk of bankruptcy with efficient oilfield water management

For many years the industry has discussed the importance of the Energy-Water Nexus. This term highlights the interconnection and critical nature of water in energy production and conversely the requirement of energy for water production. Professionals in the upstream energy sector live and work within this Nexus on a daily basis. Water is both the largest input and output within ...

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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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Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s response to earthquakes spurs further debate

The earthquakes just keep coming. Four days after a 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded southwest of Cherokee, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded Monday near Hennessey and Tuesday a 3.0 magnitude quake sprang up about 40 miles southeast of Norman, capping off a run of 23 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher in a seven-day period. In response to Thursday’s ...

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North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup

BISMARCK, N.D. — A half-century after it held saltwater and other oil-drilling waste, an abandoned pit near the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota was dug out and filled with fresh soil this week with hopes that the site will someday be capable of producing vegetation again. The reclamation, which involved the removal of some 6,900 tons of salt-tainted ...

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Disposal wells targeted after 4.7 earthquake in Oklahoma

CHEROKEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says it’s working to have two disposal wells shut down and volume reduced at 23 others after a magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday. The commission’s oil and gas division released a plan calling for changes to oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in the area near 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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