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Oil Company Makes New Quake Plans After Shaking Near U.S. Storage Hub in Oklahoma

Tanker trucks unloading oil at a Phillips 66 terminal in Cushing, Okla., home to the largest commercial crude oil storage in the U.S.

Phillips 66, a refiner with 700,000 barrels of storage capacity in Cushing, Okla., “has overhauled how it plans for earthquakes, a sign U.S. energy companies are starting to react to rising seismicity around the world’s largest crude hub,” Reuters’ Liz Hampton reports. The changes include new protocols for inspecting the health of crude tanks, potentially [...]

Why Quakes and Shaky Finances Could Crumble an Oklahoma Energy Company

An oil and gas operation in the Mississippi Lime formation in northwestern Oklahoma

As SandRidge Energy struggles with $4.6 billion in debt and a faltering stock price that’s threatening its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the Oklahoma City oil and gas company is facing another problem: Earthquakes and new regulations designed to slow the shaking: The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports: SandRidge Energy Inc.’s most important [...]

Oklahoma Air Quality Improves as Feds Roll Out New Ozone Limits

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's coal and natural gas-fired Northeastern generating station in Oologah, Okla.

The Obama Administration recently announced stricter limits on ground-level ozone, a smog-causing pollutant closely monitored by environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry. The national rules are designed to address local air quality problems individual states can’t fix alone.

EPA Wants Oklahoma Oil and Gas Officials to Issue More Earthquake Restrictions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging Oklahoma oil and gas officials to issue more regulatory actions to stem the surge of industry-linked earthquakes. An EPA review that concluded Sept. 29 recommends the Oklahoma Corporation Commission “implement additional regulatory actions … including further reduction of injection volumes,” EnergyWire’s Mike Soraghan reports. Such restrictions have not [...]

Tulsa Oil Company First to Challenge State Regulators Over Earthquake Actions

Marjo Operating Co. Inc. is the first oil and gas operator to challenge regulatory actions issued by state regulators attempting to curb an ongoing surge of earthquakes linked to the industry. In a Sept. 18 filing with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the company said the commission “acted arbitrarily in August when it directed the company [...]

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