Another earthquake hits Oklahoma as concern rises over wastewater injection
So, maybe this earthquake is a result of pumping that waste water into the ground? And that’s the way the piece reads.
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck north Oklahoma City early on New Year’s Day, the latest in a series of temblors in the area in recent days that has prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions on oil and gas operators.
Well, could be, obviously.
Oklahoma has become one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, with the number of quakes magnitude 3.0 or greater skyrocketing from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 800 in 2015.
Many of the earthquakes are occurring in swarms in areas where injection wells pump salty wastewater – a byproduct of oil and gas production – deep into the earth. As a result, state regulators have begun reducing the volume or shutting down disposal wells in response.
And that’s about as far as most people read of such articles. And that’s also where we get this:
However, the Edmond area has not previously been associated with the activity.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued a statement on Friday saying its Oil and Gas Division staff were taking action in response to the earthquakes in Edmond and that details should be available on Monday.
“The issue is extremely complex, as the initial review of the data for the area in question has not identified any oil and gas wastewater disposal wells that are both high volume and in the state’s deepest formation, a combination that researchers have identified as being at the highest risk for inducing earthquakes,” the commission release stated.
Oh, it’s not about that then. But, of course, that won’t stop people from calling for the practice which hasn’t caused this to cease so as to stop this happening.