Eleven magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have been recorded near the Cushing oil hub since April 4. “Oil companies could easily respond if one tank were damaged, he said. But there’s no way for local first responders to have a worst-case scenario preparedness plan if all storage tanks were damaged by large earthquakes,” Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.
Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton on Wednesday ordered the long disputed limits on how much water can be taken from one of the state’s most sensitive aquifers — the Arbuckle-Simpson in south-central Oklahoma — to go forward.
The court was hearing an appeal of the limit from groups including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, and mining company TXI — all petitioners in the case. Continue Reading
Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulators on Tuesday denied two oil and gas companies permits for five disposal wells in earthquake-prone parts of the state.
Executives of oil and coal companies pushed Gov. Mary Fallin to “pay more attention” to their industries in public remarks, according to state emails obtained by Greenwire. Continue Reading
State oil and gas authorities on Friday limited activity at five disposal wells after a string of earthquakes recorded near the city of Cushing. Continue Reading
Generations of tilling and planting on the same land have left Oklahoma’s soil in poor shape. And if farmers don’t change the way they grow crops, feeding the future won’t be easy. As Slapout, Okla., farmer Jordan Shearer puts it: “We’re creating a desert environment by plowing the damn ground.”
While the research connecting Oklahoma’s earthquake surge to oil and gas activity is built on algorithms, statistical analysis and computer models of fluid flow and seismic energy, monitoring compliance with regulatory actions designed to stop the shaking relies on muddy, manual fieldwork.
The company that runs Hugo’s water treatment plant is contesting the $3.17 million fine the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality levied against it for — as the Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reported in August — not using “enough chlorine for more than 300 days over the course of two years.” Continue Reading
Wastewater spills worsened as drilling boomed in major oil- and gas-producing states, a new year-long investigation from the Associated Press shows. Those states, including Oklahoma, rely on the oil and gas industry to self-report such spills and rarely fine or punish companies, the AP’s John Flesher reports.