Oklahoma Corporation Commission planning to close, reduce volume of injection wells following 5.0 magnitude earthquake

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CUSHING, Okla. – After a pair of strong earthquakes rocked the Sooner State this past week, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission announced that a new plan would be implemented to reduce seismic activity.

On Sunday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered just west of the town of Cushing.

The quake rattled residents across the Sooner State and was even felt in Kansas City and Little Rock, Arkansas.

When the shaking stopped, Cushing officials announced that several buildings had sustained damage and a few residents suffered minor injuries.

On Monday, the Oil and Gas Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission announced that it is planning to implement a new action in response to the earthquakes in the Cushing area.

Officials say the plan will shut down some Arbuckle disposal wells and reduce the volume of others.

In all, it will cover 700 square miles.

However, authorities say this is just the beginning. Other plans are being developed that will encompass a larger area.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will announce the details of the plan.