Oklahoma Earthquakes

Oklahoma Earthquakes Articles

Senator Pete Domenici Announces Solution for Oklahoma Earthquakes is IX Power’s Produced Water Treatment from Los Alamos

To see a map revealing recent earthquakes in Oklahoma, click HERE. GOLDEN, COLORADO, Sept 13, 2016 – Former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici announced today that IX Power Clean Water’s (www.ixwater.com) treatment technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can eliminate earthquakes in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and other oil producing states by eliminating the need to inject oil and gas wastewater into deep wells. Last week, Oklahoma was hit with the largest earthquake in the state’s history. It was felt from North Dakota to Houston. Once very geologically active, Oklahoma is riddled with fault lines that are susceptible to the un-stability ...
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July 3rd, 2017 – Oklahoma earthquakes declining, but limited activity linked to hydraulic fracturing

ENID, Okla. — Earthquakes in 2017 have decreased significantly in Oklahoma this year compared with the last few years, United States Geological Survey records show. There have been 135 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma so far this year, according to the USGS. At this same time last year on June 30, 2016, there had been 401 magnitude 3.0 or higher quakes. The year before, by June 30, 2015, there had been 465 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes. Wastewater injections were linked to many of these earthquakes, according to state seismologists. The significant decline in earthquakes of magnitude 2.8 ...
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March 1st, 2017 – Pawnee Oklahoma’s 5.8M earthquakes cased river to rise. Not just waste injection causing earthquakes in Oklahoma, fracking causing them too, like in BC & Alberta

River’s Rise Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake by Sarah Witman, January 13, 2017, Geophysical Research Letters, EOS Earth & Space Science News 98 doi.org/10.1029/2017EO066231 As human-induced earthquakes increase in frequency and magnitude, researchers race to uncover their effects on surface water and groundwater. Earthquakes do much more than literally make the earth quake. The shifting of massive sheets of rock has an effect on all sorts of hydrogeological processes, affecting groundwater and surface water like rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. … A recent study by Manga et al. is the first documented instance in which an earthquake that was most likely ...
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September 8th, 2016 – Wastewater injection causing earthquakes, experts say

TULSA — A state seismologist expert presented data Wednesday that showed a direct relation between the increased volume of wastewater injected into disposal wells and higher numbers of earthquakes while oil production remained level. The data showed corresponding decreases after state regulators stepped up regulation of wells into which oil and gas companies inject billions of barrels of wastewater produced during the drilling and extraction processes. "Horizontal drilling has changed everything," Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said. "That is what has led to the use of injection wells for wastewater." Skinner was one of five panelists who spoke Wednesday ...
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September 6th, 2016 – EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the state's strongest on record, state officials confirmed Tuesday. Because the wells are located on tribal land, Oklahoma regulators have no jurisdiction over oil- and gas-producing facilities in the region. Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Matt Skinner told The Associated Press that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified the state Tuesday that 17 wells were ordered closed. "We've never had to do anything that directly involved Osage County, but on Saturday (the EPA) were quick to ...
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May 5th, 2016 – Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking water linked to earthquakes

A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling. In particular, the lawsuit seeks to force the agency to impose stricter rules on the disposal of wastewater, including that from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The wastewater is typically pumped into underground wells - a practice that has been linked to a growing number of earthquakes in Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio and other states. The groups argue that the EPA has neglected to revise its existing rules for nearly three ...
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April 4th, 2016 – Bracing for Quakes: Oklahoma is the new California due to oil and gas

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a first-ever map forecasting human-caused earthquake activity, as opposed to natural quakes. It affirms what people living near heavy oil and gas industry already know: Injecting industrial wastewater deep underground makes the Earth shake. RELATED: Study Confirms That Fracking Caused Ohio Earthquakes The USGS reports that the most significant hazards from so-called induced seismicity are in six states, listed in order from highest to lowest risk: Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas. So far, though, Oklahoma tribes aren’t experiencing much shaking from earthquakes, and leaders surveyed by ICTMN expressed little concern ...
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January 11th, 2016 – Okies shaking in their boots – 83 earthquakes rock state in just one week

MIAMI – Oklahoma has been shook by 83 earthquakes just this week, some were felt locally. The dramatic increase in earthquakes has many Oklahomans concerned about the escalation of these events in recent years across the state which is economically heavily dependent on oil and gas. The U.S. Geological Society (USGS) which tracks such seismic activity believes the escalation of activity is the result of hydraulic fracturing caused by injection wells. The process uses drilling byproducts and wastewater which are injected into deep wells to extract oil or gas. “There’s is some naturally occurring seismic activity in Oklahoma but clearly ...
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January 1st, 2016 – Another earthquake hits Oklahoma as concern rises over wastewater injection.

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. No injuries and only minor damage were reported with the quake, which struck at 5.39am on Friday near Edmond, about 16 miles north-east of Oklahoma City, according to the US Geological Survey. “We came out pretty good,” said Mike Stewart, head golf professional at Fairfax Golf Club, located near the epicenter. “I heard the earthquake, I expected some sort ...
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June 18th, 2015 – Oklahoma earthquakes linked to Oil and Gas wastewater disposal wells, say Stanford researchers.

Stanford geophysicists have identified the triggering mechanism responsible for the recent spike of earthquakes in parts of Oklahoma – a crucial first step in eventually stopping them. In a new study published in the June 19 issue of the journal Science Advances, Stanford Professor Mark Zoback and doctoral student Rall Walsh show that the state’s rising number of earthquakes coincided with dramatic increases in the disposal of salty wastewater into the Arbuckle formation, a 7,000-foot-deep sedimentary formation under Oklahoma. In addition, the pair showed that the primary source of the quake-triggering wastewater is not so-called “flowback water” generated after hydraulic ...
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July 3rd, 2014 – Wastewater Injection Caused Oklahoma Earthquakes

More than 230 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 have shaken the state of Oklahoma already this year. Before 2008 the state averaged one such quake a year. The surge in seismic activity has left residents and experts alike wondering about the underlying cause. Past research has shown that processes such as wastewater injection at oil drilling and fracking sites throughout the state could induce a small number of earthquakes but scientists have never been able to specifically link some of the more distant or stronger earthquakes with these sometimes faraway wastewater wells. That is, until now. A study ...
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