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Regulators to close more disposal wells after quake

OK Corporation Commission to shut down disposal wells in response to earthquake

CUSHING, OK (KSWO)- The Oil and Gas Division (OGCD) of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is acting in response to the 5.0 (USGS) magnitude earthquake in the Cushing area.

The plan includes shutting down some Arbuckle disposal wells and reducing the volume of others.

Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement:

“I support the quick action taken today by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in our state, as it worked closely with state researchers at the Oklahoma Geological Survey to put in place mandatory reductions in activity impacting induced seismicity.  Two years ago, we established the coordinating council on seismicity. Regulators continue to target areas for additional scrutiny that are experiencing increased seismic activity, which has led to the shutting down of disposal wells or reducing the volume of disposal wells and flow pressure in known fault lines where we believe there is a correlation to earthquakes,” said Fallin.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma regulators are ordering the shutdown of more disposal wells and restricting the volume of others near where a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck.

The plan released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division requires seven wells within six miles of the epicenter to be shut down by Nov. 14.

By Nov. 21, 16 wells within 10 miles of the epicenter must reduce volume by 25 percent of their last 30 day average, and 31 wells within 15 miles will be limited in volume to their last 30 day average.

The area affected is about 700 square miles.

The earthquake Sunday damaged dozens of buildings in Cushing, Oklahoma, a key world oil hub. Officials say no damage has been reported at Cushing's oil terminal.

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