Earthquakes

Oklahoma Issues Advisory After 4.2-Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Edmond

Regulators in Oklahoma issued an earthquake advisory and launched an investigation focused on oil and gas wastewater disposal wells after a series of earthquakes struck the state, including a 4.2-magnitude temblor that struck near Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, on Wednesday night.

August 3, 2017

Earthquake Analysis Urged Before Aliso NatGas Storage Field Reopens

The County of Los Angeles on Monday asked the Los Angeles Superior Court for an injunction to prevent the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field from reopening until state regulators complete an earthquake and risk analysis.

July 25, 2017

Two Small Earthquakes Rattle North-Central Oklahoma

A pair of small earthquakes struck north-central Oklahoma about an hour apart early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

April 17, 2017
USGS: Ground Shook Less in Oklahoma Last Year, But Hazards Remain

USGS: Ground Shook Less in Oklahoma Last Year, But Hazards Remain

Seismic activity thought to be caused by human actions — mainly drilling wastewater injection — declined in Oklahoma last year, possibly because of limits placed on disposal wells, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said Wednesday.

March 1, 2017

Oklahoma Unveils New Seismicity Guidelines For SCOOP, STACK Plays

Regulators and researchers in Oklahoma, anticipating a major increase in oil and gas drilling in the state’s stacked reservoirs, have jointly developed new seismicity guidelines intended to reduce the risk of earthquakes.

December 20, 2016
OK Quakes Trending Down After State Cuts Wastewater Injections, Research Finds

OK Quakes Trending Down After State Cuts Wastewater Injections, Research Finds

The number of earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater near oil and gas disposal wells in Oklahoma should continue to decline over the next few years as a result of state regulations reducing wastewater injection volumes, according to new research from Stanford University.

December 2, 2016

Forecast Cooler Temps See NatGas Bulls Looking Past $3; December Adds 11 Cents

Next-day natural gas romped higher in Monday’s trading as wintry conditions and below normal temperatures brought buyers off the bench and sent next-day prices higher by double-digits. The NGI National Spot Gas Average rose a stout 30 cents to $2.75.

November 21, 2016

Earthquake Rattles Cushing, OK; No Damage Reported to Oil Terminal

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit near the crude storage and transportation hub of Cushing, OK, on Sunday and spawned at least six aftershocks, but no damage was reported to energy-related infrastructure in the city.

November 7, 2016

February Quake in Oklahoma Likely Triggered by Disposal Wells, Says USGS

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a 5.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Oklahoma last February was likely caused by nearby oil and natural gas disposal wells, noting that injected volumes of wastewater had increased seven-fold over the last three years.

October 26, 2016

Oklahoma Geological Survey Hires New Lead Seismologist

The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) said it has hired Jacob Walter as its new lead seismologist, a post of increasing importance as the agency is tasked with analyzing continuing seismic activity in part attributed to oil and gas activities.

September 19, 2016