OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is ordering five wells within 10 miles of the recent Edmond earthquakes epicenters to operate at reduced volumes after a series of high-magnitude earthquakes rocked the city of Edmond.
Only one well by Pedestal Oil Company will be reduced by 50 percent. Four others by Devon Energy, Grayhorse operating, New Dominion and Taylor R C operating will be reduced by 25 percent.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission released this action plan Jan. 4, after the initial quakes caused damage to nearby homeowners and businesses.
“We are working with researchers on the entire area of the state involved in the latest seismic activity to plot out where we should go from here,” OGCD Director Tim Baker said. “we are looking not only at the Edmond area, but the surrounding area as well, including the new seismic activity that has occurred in the Stillwater area.”
The state has been issuing directives since March of this year after new data has been received from oil companies.
Operators of the C.J. Judy and the Harvey disposal wells, Pedestal Oil and Devon Energy, have both agreed to suspend operations to help aide the state in more research.