OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is taking more steps to limit activity around wastewater disposal wells in Cushing.
This move comes after several new earthquakes in that region have occurred.
This new move, according to the Commission, is to reduce the risk of induced earthquakes in the area by changing how specific wells operate.
Thirteen disposal wells will have immediate changes, and another 13 wells have been put on notice that changes may be coming.
For independent petroleum geologist Bob Jackman, the concern over quakes spreads far beyond Cushing's city limits.
Jackman is now calling on the Corporation Commission, to shut down all disposal wells within 20-25 miles of areas rattled by quakes over the decade.
These new 'zones' would include the areas surrounding Medford, Perry, Stillwater, Edmond, Guthrie, and Cushing.
"I think it'll be up to citizens to demand it. If they wait for legislation, that's too slow," said Jackman. "The proof is in the pudding, the number of earthquakes keeps increasing."
Here is a breakdown of the disposal wells affected by Monday's announcement:
Wells within 3 miles: Shut in (stop operations)
Wells within 3 – 6 miles: Reduce volume injected by 25 percent
Wells with 6 – 10 miles: On notice to prepare for possible future changes in operation.
The wells now covered by the plan include:
Operator: American Energy-Woodford, LLC
Wells: Calyx 35-2, shut in (stop operations)
Wilson 11-15, shut in (stop operations)
Clay, reduce volume
Ethridge 35-2, shut in (stop operations)
Hill 29-1, reduce volume
Williams 5-1, reduce volume
Operator: Crown Energy
Wells: Joyce 20, shut in (stop operations)
Cimarron A1-13, reduce volume
Jedi A1-6, reduce volume
Hannah Jo A1-10, reduce volume
Operator: Cher Oil
Wells: State School Land 1-16, reduce volume
Wells: Wildhorse 1, reduce volume
Operator: F.H.A Investments
Wells: FHA 1-15, reduce volume