Injections wells closed or reduced after Oklahoma earthquake

The Associated Press - February 20, 2021 11:58 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The injection of wastewater into underground wells by oil and gas producers has been stopped or reduced in the area where a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Friday directed disposal wells within three miles of the quake’s epicenter to stop operations and those from three to 10 miles of the epicenter to reduce volume by at least 50%. The commission took similar action earlier this month after a series of earthquakes that occurred about 55 miles southeast of Friday’s quake.

There were no injuries or damage reported from the quake that occurred on Friday morning near Manchester along the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.

 

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