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USGS: Oklahoma Has Significant Potential For Damaging Earthquakes In 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY- New United State Geological Survey maps have identified potential ground-shaking hazards in 2017 from both human-induced and natural earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., known as the CEUS. This is the second consecutive year both types of hazards are forecasted, as previous USGS maps only identified hazards from natural earthquakes. This research was published Wednesday in Seismological Research Letters.KOTV […]

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More on Earthquakes and Waterloo I-35 Exit Town Hall Hearing

Early last August, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission established an official “cutback zone”. The Commission created this zone in response to our area’s seismic swarms. The zone commences in the northern part of Edmond, proceeds north, north-east through southern Logan County and Guthrie and towards the Payne County line. The wastewater injection site owners residing within this zone we…

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The Specifics of Needed Legislative Action on Earthquakes

Last week I wrote about the Legislature’s need to take immediate action to allow for the enforcement of the Corporation Commission’s cutback directives. That article may be viewed at Here is why I think immediate legislation is necessary:In November another wave of quakes hit our area along a line north, north east of Guthrie and proceeding southward though a Corporation Commi…

17 Oklahoma Earthquakes of 2.6M or more Recorded since Thursday 4.7M Cherokee

The Tulsa World compiled a chart of the quakes within the past 48 hours. You can follow their updated coverage here.

Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission is now stepping up their powers of shutting down or restricting injection well activity. (a process of forcing waste water back into dormant wells so as to push oil to adjacent production wells)

  The problems seem to be isolated to just a few locations in the state. If a well is within 50 miles of either Enid, OK.; or Chandler, OK.; then producers can be sure that the state agencies are looking over their shoulder.

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News9 Report: Wastewater Disposal Wells Closing After Crescent Area Earthquakes

Here’s the News 9 report on the petroleum industry response to Increasing quake activity:

CRESCENT, Oklahoma –

In response to recent earthquakes in the Crescent, Oklahoma, area, operators of oil and gas wastewater disposal wells closest to the earthquake activity are taking new actions, including closing two disposal wells. 

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The Pivot and The Latest Earthquakes

Oklahomans are coming to terms with the decision of this year’s Legislature to slow the amount of motor vehicle funds going to roads and bridges and to substantially raid the existing funds.

It’s a sudden and unexpected pivot because the effort to red…

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In February 2014, the scientists at the Oklahoma Geological Survey had some reassurance, of a sort, for people in Guthrie, Okla. They’d been jolted by a series of small but unusually strong earthquakes. The survey said the quakes, at least most of them…

The increased seismicity is likely due to changes in the way oil and gas are produced.The increased seismicity is likely due to changes in the way oil and gas are produced.CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY SHOUTIn the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game betw…