Ponca City, OK

Now: 39 °F

Currently: Cloudy

Hi: 63 °F | Lo: 43 °F

Sunday

Hi: 50 °F 

Lo: 32 °F

Monday

Hi: 59 °F 

Lo: 38 °F

Tuesday

Hi: 61 °F 

Lo: 40 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 59 °F 

Lo: 41 °F

Thursday

Hi: 56 °F 

Lo: 20 °F

EPA says creek contamination focused on 3 injection wells

The Associated Press and Tulsa World - April 23, 2017 11:11 am

EPA says creek contamination focused on 3 injection wells
(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says it has narrowed the source of salt contamination in an Osage County creek to three nearby oil and natural gas injection wells.
The Tulsa World reports the contamination was first reported in August 2016 when an oily sheen appeared on North Bird Creek on the Chapman Ranch in Osage County, a few miles from the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
The contaminated water would be deadly to cattle and horses. Ranch operators moved livestock about two miles away from the stream. Hundreds more were sold.
EPA District 6 spokesman David Gray says an investigation has identified three injection well operators as likely sources. They were not identified.
Gray says EPA scientists are recommending the companies test their systems to see if they are impacting Bird Creek.

Image: Public Radio Tulsa

 

Latest Stories

Project Angel Tree distributing gifts Saturday morning

Debbie Ross, coordinator for this year’s Angel Tree Project, said it’s been a great success. “Distribution...

Doerflinger names Chief Operating Officer and Director of Human Resources

Oklahoma State Department of Health Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger announced Friday that he is naming Kim...

Second floor framed at new apartment building

Construction crews have framed in apartments on the second floor of a new apartment building on Fourth...