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

Montney Fracking Suspended at Least 30 Days Pending Earthquake Investigation

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on Friday was suspended for at least 30 days in a sensitive corner of the Montney natural gas formation in northeastern British Columbia (BC) while an investigation is completed into two earthquakes that struck on Nov. 29.

December 7, 2018

Oklahoma Halts Roan Oil Well Completion After Temblor

Regulators in Oklahoma ordered Roan Resources Inc. to halt completion operations at an oil well after the Midcontinent region was struck by a 3.4-magnitude earthquake on Sunday evening.

November 5, 2018
Interior Said Moving Forward With ANWR Lease Sale in 2019

Interior Said Moving Forward With ANWR Lease Sale in 2019

A Department of Interior official said the agency is moving forward to open a portion of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas leasing in 2019, and predicted that a lease sale scheduled for the region will attract significant interest from producers.

August 14, 2018

Oklahoma Judge Approves Quake Lawsuit Class Action; More Wastewater Wells Shut

A judge in Oklahoma has determined that a lawsuit filed after an earthquake, currently the second most powerful temblor recorded in the state’s history, can move forward with class action status.

May 23, 2018
Oklahoma Calls For Disposal Well Volume Cuts After Pair of April Quakes

Oklahoma Calls For Disposal Well Volume Cuts After Pair of April Quakes

In response to a pair of earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma last month, state regulators have directed operators of nearly two dozen wastewater disposal wells to cut back on volumes and to perform additional testing.

May 9, 2018

Oklahoma Shutters Injection Well, Limits Disposal in Two Counties After Seismic Activity

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) on Thursday ordered an oil and natural gas wastewater injection well shut down in Kingfisher County in response to overnight earthquake activity.

April 19, 2018
Oklahoma Updates Seismicity Protocol for SCOOP, STACK Plays

Oklahoma Updates Seismicity Protocol for SCOOP, STACK Plays

Regulators in Oklahoma say data gathered since seismicity guidelines went into effect in late 2016 supports new requirements for oil and gas operators planning to drill in the state’s stacked reservoirs, thereby reducing the chances of future earthquakes from completion activities.

February 28, 2018

Oklahoma Operator Cuts Back Completion Activities After Series of Small Quakes

Regulators in Oklahoma said an operator has voluntarily reduced completion operations at a well west of Oklahoma City after a series of small earthquakes rattled the area.

December 1, 2017