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.
More than 500 Oklahoma employees of Chesapeake Energy are out of a job following the latest layoffs Sept. 29th, as oil prices stay below $50 a barrel. Gasoline is cheap, but that relief at the pump can fuel widespread worry about Oklahoma’s oil and gas-reliant economy. Continue Reading
A group of state energy officials, researchers and industry experts issued a report Monday offering guidance on how to handle earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.
The 148-page report from StatesFirst — a partnership between state officials and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Ground Water Protection Council — stops short of offering model regulations, but “represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic” since researchers started connecting earthquakes in Oklahoma and other states to fracking and waste-fluid disposal wells, the Associated Press reports:
It includes descriptions of how states handled various seismic incidents around the country, including their public relations strategies, and matter-of-factly references links between fracking or deep-injection wastewater disposal and earthquakes. Previously, public admissions had been fuzzy in some cases. Continue Reading
The 4.5-magnitude quake that struck near the city on July 27 damaged brick walls of the school’s practice gym, the Enid News & Eagle’s Sally Asher reports.
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