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Oil Companies Shut Down Wells Near Earthquake Swarm

A disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.

After a swarm of earthquakes recorded near the town of Crescent, which peaked with a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Monday, state regulators asked a pair of oil companies to limit activity at three nearby disposal wells. Monday’s quake caused light damage. Multiple people reported feeling it in Arkansas, more than 400 miles away Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy [...]

Stillwater Approves New Oil and Gas Rules, Industry Says They Might Violate New Law

After months of debate, drafting and deferring, the Stillwater City Council on Monday approved a stricter oil and gas ordinance. The council unanimously approved the new rules, which were crafted with the input of residents, the energy industry and Senate Bill 809 — legislation that goes into effect in August preventing municipalities from enacting ordinances [...]

Years After Earthquake, Oklahoma College Still Shaken by Cracked Budgets and Broken Buildings

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The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma appears to be accelerating, and the state is responding. Lawmakers have scheduled capitol hearings and oil and gas regulators will soon issue stricter guidelines on disposal wells linked to the shaking. Future earthquakes are a big concern, but one Oklahoma institution is still dealing with the damage one quake caused nearly four years ago.

State Seismologist Austin Holland Leaves Oklahoma For USGS Job In New Mexico

Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Austin Holland.

As Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm developed over the past few years, State Seismologist Austin Holland’s work days got a lot longer. That’s the main reason Holland is leaving his position in Oklahoma to be a supervisory geophysicist at the Albuquerque Seismic Lab. From The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies: “I have averaged about 80 hours each week for the 5 [...]

Man-Made Earthquakes: Fact or Fiction?

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The team at Reveal produced a nifty video on Oklahoma’s earthquake surge that shows, with entertaining visuals, the science of “induced seismicity” — the scientific mechanism that explains how disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry can trigger earthquakes.

As Communities Prepare for New State Fracking Rules, One City Will Wait and See

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed controversial legislation in May outlawing municipal bans on fracking and other oil and gas activities. Officials in some communities are re-examining their local drilling ordinances to comply with the law, which goes into effect later this summer. One city in southeastern Oklahoma, however, isn’t budging.

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