Tulsa oil company, commission to discuss earthquake response

Ponca City Now - October 14, 2015 9:13 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Tulsa oil company has agreed to a technical meeting with Oklahoma regulators after challenging their response to earthquakes and saltwater disposal wells.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1GcVfeP ) reports Marjo Operating Co. Inc. and staff for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission agreed during a hearing Tuesday to meet by Oct. 27 to discuss a dispute over reduced disposal well volumes.

One of the company’s wells was included in an August directive from commission staff to reduce volumes by 38 percent due to an increase in the frequency and distribution of earthquakes in Payne and Logan counties.

An attorney for the company said the directive did not take into account the different overall volumes from permitted wells or wells that fell just outside areas targeted by regulators.

The commission operates an underground injection control program under an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


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