OK oil, gas regulators order changes after quake

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 18:29:06-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The state commission that regulates Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry is ordering injection well operators to reduce wastewater disposal volumes following recent earthquakes.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday it's implementing a plan that affects five wastewater injection wells operating within 10 miles of the center of earthquake activity near Edmond, a suburb northeast of Oklahoma City.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day caused minor damage to some structures but no injuries. It was among at least a dozen earthquakes to hit the area last week.

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The plan calls for one well to reduce disposal volumes by 50 percent and the others by 25 percent. Other wells within 15 miles of the activity will conduct reservoir pressure testing.

The commission says none of the operators has objected

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