Officials taking additional measures to address recent earthquake activity
LUTHER, Okla. – The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is taking additional measures to address recent earthquake activity following a series of strong earthquakes in the Luther/Wellston area.
Luther residents have been rattled by earthquakes over the past week, recording a 4.3 magnitude quake on Wednesday, 3.5 magnitude quake Tuesday and a 4.0 magnitude quake Aug. 10.
Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s earthquakes to the underground injection of wastewater during oil and gas production.
Luther is in the Arbuckle formation, where state regulators have asked producers to reduce wastewater disposal volumes, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division has announced plans to shut down two Arbuckle disposal wells within three miles of the latest seismic activity.
The wells will be shut down by Aug. 25, 2015, the OCC report states.
Wells within three and ten miles of the latest seismic activity will be required to operate at or below the latest reported 30-day average volume.