Regulators order reduced injection well volumes after earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma regulators are telling operators of 27 oil and natural gas wastewater disposal wells in northwest Oklahoma to reduce disposal volumes following a series of earthquakes that have rocked the area.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Wednesday it’s calling for changes in the operation of wells around Fairview, Oklahoma, about 60 miles south of the Kansas state line. The commission says the daily reduction will be 54,859 barrels – about 2.3 million gallons – a drop of about 18 percent.

The directive was issued a day after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the operators of injection wells the lawsuit alleges have caused earthquakes in the area.

Oklahoma has become one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world and the quakes have been linked to the injection wells.

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