A governor’s panel has analyzed potential alternatives to underground injection of saltwater produced by oil and natural gas operations, identifying four key options to explore.
Improvements have been made to try to reduce the number of earthquakes, but one puzzle remains as Fairview is popping off 4.0-plus quakes — at least eight so far — without high-volume wastewater wells in the area and despite mitigation measures enacted there.
A study released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey stands as an earthquake forecast for the rest of 2016, with the Fairview area topping the charts at a 10 percent to 12 percent chance of experiencing a damaging earthquake.
The decision reverses a proposal made last year in which the administration floated a plan that would have opened up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday morning released details on another large-scale plan to reduce wastewater disposal well injection volumes in efforts to curtail the state's rumbling from induced earthquakes.
The action plan, yet to be announced, should be similar to wastewater volume reduction plans announced a little more than two weeks ago for a wide swath of northwestern Oklahoma in the wake of the state's third-strongest temblor.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued a directive for a 40 percent drop in wastewater volumes in a 5,200-square-mile area of central and western Oklahoma.
A raft of recent bills in the Oklahoma House and Senate leaves no doubt about who owns the Legislature.
State agencies including the Oklahoma Geological Survey, ODOT, the Insurance Commission and the Corporation Commission are trying to keep up with the state's rising number of earthquakes.
1978-2008: Oklahoma records no more than three earthquakes per year registering 3.0 or higher.
I appreciate the concerns surrounding the tallgrass prairie in the Osage Hills that Mike Fuhr, state director of the The Nature Conservancy, raised in his column last month. There is a need to protect existing high quality tallgrass prairie. However, the concerns he has raised don’t fit with the actual conditions that exist in and around the site of the Osage Wind project.
A case pending before the state Supreme Court pits two Oklahoma oil companies against a woman injured in the 2011 Prague earthquake. Her attorney says state courts should hear the lawsuit as they would any other case involving damages caused by pollution.