“The Department of Homeland Security has gauged potential earthquake dangers to the hub and concluded that a quake equivalent to the record magnitude 5.7 could significantly damage the tanks,” The New York Times’ Michael Wines reports.
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 been easy for OCC to accomplish. Oklahoma issued its first volume restrictions in August, months after Kansas had implemented such cuts. Commission officials have questioned whether they have authority. More recently, a Tulsa company has challenged the restrictions. Continue Reading
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 to curtail injection at a disposal well that’s part of a de-watering project in Payne County,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:
In its complaint, Marjo said it received commission permission in 2004 to inject produced saltwater at its Vinco 1-18 disposal well at the rate of up to 40,000 gallons per day. The company said that disposal well is an integral part of a larger de-watering operation starting in 2003 that targets the Hunton formation. Continue Reading
State officials say oil and gas rules “are focused on preventing and cleaning up pollution, not preventing earthquakes,” EnergyWire’s Mike Soraghan reports.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attempt to update the Clean Water Rule — also known as the waters of the U.S. rule — hit a snag today, with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to temporarily block its implementation. Continue Reading
It’s been decades since Tulsa officials decided the portion of the Arkansas River that runs through the city was too dirty and dangerous to swim in. The river is much cleaner now, but convincing the public it’s safe for swimming won’t be easy.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code.
The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and incentives. That has happened as recently as July, when a Senate committee voted to extend the PTC as part of a $95 billion bundle of incentives. Continue Reading
Halliburton is offering settlements to about 130 property owners after pollution from spent rocket fuel was found in groundwater near the Osage Road facility in Duncan.
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior and ruled that wind energy projects in Osage County do not violate tribal mineral rights.
The Osage Nation “has long opposed wind development across the county, arguing that it mars the natural beauty of the prairie and could potentially destroy burial sites. The tribe also lost a previous court case arguing that wind development would interfere with oil production,” the Tulsa World‘s Michael Overall reports:
In a lawsuit field last November, federal and tribal officials claimed that developers should have applied for permits from the Osage Nation before digging pits for the construction of wind turbine foundations, removing limestone and other natural resources that belong to the tribe under federal law. Each pit measures as much as 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep, excavating more than 60,000 cubic yards of minerals across the entire Osage Wind development west of Pawhuska, according to the lawsuit. Continue Reading
The Tri-State Mining District in northeastern Oklahoma’s Ottawa County was once the world’s largest source of lead and zinc. The mines had closed by the 1970s, but pernicious pollution still plagues what is now known as the Tar Creek superfund site.