Earthquakes

Oklahoma Orders Oil, Natural Gas Wastewater Disposal Wells Shut After Tremor

Oklahoma Orders Oil, Natural Gas Wastewater Disposal Wells Shut After Tremor

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) on Tuesday ordered oil and natural gas wastewater disposal wells operating within six miles of a 4.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked central Oklahoma on Monday to be shut down indefinitely. The OCC’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division issued the formal directive as part of its continuing response to the quake…

February 2, 2022
Lower 48 E&Ps Treating Less Water as Disposal Permits Drying Up, Quake Activity Rising

Lower 48 E&Ps Treating Less Water as Disposal Permits Drying Up, Quake Activity Rising

Exploration and production (E&P) companies, particularly in West Texas, appear to be in a bit of a conundrum. Amid an increase in seismic activity related to Lower 48 development, producers stand to lose nearly half of their disposal capacity in key basins at the same time the amount of water they are leaving untreated is…

January 10, 2022
Some Permian Disposal Well Permits Suspended by Texas RRC Following Quakes

Some Permian Disposal Well Permits Suspended by Texas RRC Following Quakes

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has suspended all disposal well permits to inject oil and gas waste into deep strata within a portion of the Permian Basin following a series of earthquakes. The action, taken earlier in December and in effect as of Friday (Dec. 31), applies to 33 deep disposal wells within the…

December 30, 2021
Lower 48 Oil and Gas Producers Must Treat, Recycle More Produced Water to Reduce Earthquakes, Study Finds

Lower 48 Oil and Gas Producers Must Treat, Recycle More Produced Water to Reduce Earthquakes, Study Finds

Earthquakes in the Lower 48 oil and natural gas patch have been steadily increasing over the last four years and will continue to do so if the industry doesn’t adjust its methods for disposing of produced water, according to new analysis by Rystad Energy. The Oslo-based consultancy examined seismic activity in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma,…

June 12, 2021

Alberta Tightens Quake Monitoring, Response Protocols for Oil, Gas Operators

Confirmation that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) caused three central Alberta earthquakes since 2014 has resulted in tightened safety controls on industry operations.

January 27, 2020

Alberta Tightens Quake Monitoring, Response Protocols for Oil, Gas Operators

Confirmation that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) caused three central Alberta earthquakes since 2014 has resulted in tightened safety controls on industry operations.

January 27, 2020
Fluid Density Differences Said to Cause Anadarko Basin Tremors Long After Oil, Gas Drilling Completed

Fluid Density Differences Said to Cause Anadarko Basin Tremors Long After Oil, Gas Drilling Completed

A new geological study that focused on areas of the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma shows that differences in density between underground water and wastewater from oil and gas drilling injected into the ground corresponds with continued earthquakes long after the drilling stops.

July 24, 2019

Some Fracking Limited Outside Alberta Capital After Winter Earthquakes

A pair of central Alberta winter earthquakes has triggered a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in deep oil and natural gas wells around a power dam and reservoir 144 miles southwest of the provincial capital in Edmonton.

May 30, 2019

Links Between Fracking, Earthquakes Remain Elusive, Canadian Report Finds

Links between hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and earthquakes, and predicting and preventing the tremors, remain riddles requiring far more scientific study, according to a report commissioned by the British Columbia (BC) government.

March 21, 2019

Oklahoma Quakes Decline, but Shaking May Continue for Years, Says Seismologist

Although the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma measuring 3.0-magnitude or greater declined for the third straight year, the state’s seismologist said researchers expect such quakes, most of which are attributed to wastewater injection, will continue for years, perhaps a decade or longer.

January 3, 2019
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