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AOGC staff asks for shutdown of 2 injection operations

Posted: March 2, 2011 - 1:47pm

The staff of the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has requested an emergency meeting for Friday morning to call for the shutdown of all injection operations at two wells in Faulkner County.

The staff is asking for a commission order requiring

  • Chesapeake Operating, Inc. to immediately cease all injection operations in its SRE 8-12 1-17 SWD Well in Sec. 17-T8N-R12W located off Highway 285 at Woolly Hollow.
  • Clarita Operating LLC to immediately cease all injection operations at its Wayne L. Edgemon No. 1 SWD Well in Sec. 6-T7N-R12W in Guy off Highway 25. The application will be heard by the AOGC at a special hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock.

A six-month moratorium was established in January on the drilling of new injection wells in the area to allow time to study the relationship -- if any -- between the injection wells and earthquakes in the area.

Shane Khoury, AOGC deputy director and general counsel, said Wednesday that preliminary studies show a potential correlation between earthquakes and injection activity at one or both of those wells.

Scott Ausbrooks, geohazards supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Survey, said he has been providing AOGC with data since the moratorium and will present his findings at the commission meeting on Friday.

Chesapeake and Clarita are two of four companies operating already-drilled injection wells: SEECO Inc., and Deep-Six Water Disposal Services LLC are the others.

A quake measuring 4.7 was felt throughout the state and beyond at 11 p.m. Sunday. It’s been officially declared the largest quake in the area in 35 years.

More than 25 quakes have been recorded in the Guy-Greenbrier area this week.

To view locations of injection wells, go to http://www.geostor.arkansas.gov/G6/Viewer.html?app=app_aogc&title=AOGC%2...

(Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net or 505-1234.)

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Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 03/02/11 - 02:04 pm
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On-the-ball-Becky!

On-the-ball-Becky! Interesting news.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 03/02/11 - 02:13 pm
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nice link
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To the map.

Clicked on the gas pipeline map. Now I know why I sometimes smell natural gas on I-40 just north of Dave Ward and just south of the airport. (green line pipeline)

BuzzBy
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BuzzBy 03/02/11 - 02:24 pm
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Not Taco Bell on Oak
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Now I know why I sometimes smell natural gas on I-40 just north of Dave Ward and just south of the airport

i_wonder
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i_wonder 03/02/11 - 02:30 pm
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No
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Because Taco Bell doesn't use beef.

Might be one of the other 20 restaurants we listed yesterday though.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 03/02/11 - 02:31 pm
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photo - Courtney
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Is Becky doing a magic act? How is that pencil levitating?

Blue
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Blue 03/02/11 - 03:21 pm
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Injection wells

...are listed as disposal wells on the map.

faulknerdude
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faulknerdude 03/02/11 - 05:04 pm
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Disposal Sites

Well that is because thats what they really are. They take this fluid and inject it into the ground. Hummm! Same place that all the folks around these wells get their water from. Hummm!
But they have a nice building in a fancy development in beautiful bike friendly downtown Conway!

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sylviat 03/02/11 - 05:47 pm
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Meeting Details

What is the time and the location of the meeting Friday morning? Are folks from Guy and Greenbrier going to go down and give testimony?

Woah, did you feel that? Another 2.2.

Ella J
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Ella J 03/02/11 - 06:21 pm
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Obvious Right Thing To Do

This is very good news. Thanks to the Log Cabin for the good reporting. Oil and Gas Commission, we're all watching.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 03/02/11 - 06:49 pm
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'bout safe water? Thank you Dick Cheney...

[Pittsburgh’s drinking water is radioactive, thanks to fracking. Only question is, how much?]

http://www.grist.org/article/2011-02-28-pittsburgh-drinking-water-radioa...

"Residents of Pittsburgh -- as well as potentially tens of millions of other everyday citizens in the Northeast corridor who rely on their taps to deliver safe water -- are consuming unknown and potentially dangerous amounts of radium in every glass of water. That's the buried lede in the Sunday New York Times' massive exposé on fracking, the relatively new process for extracting natural gas from the massive shale formation that stretches from Virginia to New York state."

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