Oklahoma Corporation Commission changing plan after 5.8 magnitude quake

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PAWNEE, Okla. - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is increasing its response to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Pawnee.

Shortly after the earthquake, the commission shut down 37 wells, but now those numbers have changed.

32 wells are being shut down and 21 will have to cut volume. Those with crumbling homes from this last quake wish more could have been done sooner.

The damage to Gloria Childs' home from the 5.8 magnitude quake is clear.

"It tore the gutters all to pieces up there," she said.

Her chimney is breaking apart and bricks are spread across her yard.

"It scared me to death. Nothing hurt, just scared me to death," she said.

And Gloria found out this morning that she's getting stuck with the bill. Her insurance won't cover earthquake damage.

"How do they think we will get the money. I'm going on 83-years-old, where am I going to get all that money from?" she said.

News that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is taking additional action to cut the number of future earthquakes is too little, too late for her. But officials say shutting down more wells necessary.

"We are hoping to mitigate the number of quakes. We do not want to see an earthquake like this one in this area," said Charles Lord, with the OCC.

The change in plans is a direct response to the quake in Pawnee. Aftershocks from the quake defined a new fault line. So the commission had to shift its reaction to that fault.

Officials say leading up to the earthquake in Pawnee, there was an increase in the amount of wastewater injections in Pawnee County. Changes will mean a decrease of somewhere around 40,000 barrels a day.

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