This Enid News & Eagle began this award-winning series in 2015 and continues to explore the science behind efforts in determining why there was a sudden upswing in earthquakes in the Sooner State beginning in 2009 and the ever-evolving problem facing Oklahomans as they continue to occur.
FAIRVIEW — A seminar Thursday left many unanswered questions regarding earthquakes, even though Oklahoma State University Professor Todd Halihan said Oklahoma has more data.
Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said Tuesday the Oklahoma earthquake insurance market is "noncompetitive" and has ordered changes in how insurers file their rates with his department.
A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling.
The maps and report show north-central Oklahoma to be in areas of the highest chances of experiencing a damaging earthquake this year, either natural or induced.
Speaking at the recent Edmond Neighborhood Summit, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak suggested implementing earthquake building codes for future construction could be beneficial.
Communities should be learning about updating building codes, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. He equated it to building back homes in a flood zone.
“I am here to provide information, awareness and tools for you to take control of your health and welfare and property and what you should do.”
The plans to auction several hundred acres around and under Lake Lewisville, about 35 miles northwest of Dallas, threaten both drinking water for about 2 million consumers and the integrity of the earthen dam that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consider the nation’s eighth-most-hazardous, local officials and environmental groups say.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division has announced implementation of the largest volume reduction plan yet for oil and gas disposal wells in western Oklahoma.
A movement in the home-building industry to adapt to risks of climate change is gaining momentum, promising new houses that are tougher and more able to bounce back from extreme weather events.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators return to the Capitol on Monday to face an economic crisis that is at least partly of their own making.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Oklahoma is “pretty much an intake state” and a majority of out-of-state transfers come from Texas.
"A lot of people say we just need the earth to stop shaking, and I understand that, but the fact of the matter is that without the ability to dispose of wastewater, we cannot produce oil and gas in the state of Oklahoma, and this is our lifeblood." — Kim Hatfield
The earthquake swarm began at 10:27 p.m. Wednesday with the strongest quakes 30 seconds apart near Waynoka, in southern Woods County.
The state Corporation Commission released a plan Monday responding to at least a half-dozen earthquakes that rattled Edmond and the surrounding area since Dec. 29.
In an alarming move, SandRidge Energy is refusing to shut down wastewater disposal wells associated with oil and gas production in Northwest Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission is preparing court action against SandRidge Energy regarding several injection wells the company has not shut down per OCC’s request.
During a record-breaking year for earthquakes in Oklahoma, operations at the Oklahoma Geological Survey have not been compromised following the departure of two seismologists, according to its director.
CARMEN, Okla. — Oklahoma Corporation Commission is directing two wastewater disposal wells to halt operations and 23 other wells to reduce volume after recent earthquakes in Alfalfa County.
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday. Three smaller quakes struck the same area hours later.
That wastewater injection was pinpointed as a cause for the increased seismicity. Scientists now know there is a link between injection wells and faults but have yet to get to the bottom of why some injection wells are linked to earthquakes and others are not.
As earthquakes occur with increasing frequency in Oklahoma, so does the damage. And with damage comes insurance claims.
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said Tuesday he is requiring property and casualty insurers to send each policyholder a clarification notice of earthquake coverage.
ENID, Okla. — With all the shaking, rattling and rolling going on in Oklahoma, property owners are concerned for their buildings, but most buildings should stand up to the state’s newfound seismic activity.
The U.S. Geological Survey, via Earthquake Track, reported 191 earthquakes above a 1.5 magnitude in the past 30 days in Oklahoma, but schools haven’t implemented earthquake drills.
Insurance claims could tie up the courts for years if our state suffers a catastrophic earthquake before we have enough scientific clarity.
We realize energy is a billion-dollar industry in Oklahoma. We sense our state is still overcoming the fear of biting the hand that feeds us.
Oklahoma has had earthquakes for decades but the issue is deciding which are natural and which may be “man-made.” — Rep. John Enns, R-Enid
The “big game changer” for the OCC, in responding to increasing earthquake rates, has been increased data provided with cooperation from the oil and gas industry ...
After a magnitude 5.6 earthquake — the largest recorded in state history — hit Prague in November 2011, things changed: Injecting high amounts of wastewater at high pressures caused problems. — Bill Ellsworth, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey
“The majority of wells have not been associated with seismic activity. Scientists are trying to identify the factors that resulted in induced activity for some wells.”
As of Aug. 31, more than 600 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes had been recorded in Oklahoma, compared to more than 900 magnitude 3.0 or greater quakes in Alaska.