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Oklahoma Corporation Commission taking action following discovery of fault line

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 23:45:22-04

PAWNEE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the earthquake in Pawnee did thousands of dollars worth of damage, but the quake also led to a new discovery.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, the OCC announced the the discovery of a new fault line. The commission says 32 Arbuckle disposal wells will remain closed, decreasing the total volume of injected wastewater to 40,000 barrels per day.

"It isn't any one well that's responsible but you can I fact influence it by the actions were taking here," said OGS director, Dr. Jeremy Boak.

Connie Fuss has the rights to two oil wells on her property in Pawnee. Fuss says she assumes the wells were shut down by the commission.

"I looked at the map of the 700 and some odd acres that were shutdown so to speak and it was real close."

Fuss says she isn't surprised by last week's earthquake, or by the discovery of a new fault line. She believes the closing of some disposal wells will affect production. "When oil wells shutdown gas prices will go up."

The Corporation Commission says the new action is mandatory.

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