Injection wells to shut down

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two natural gas companies have agreed to temporarily suspend use of injection wells at the central Arkansas site where earthquakes keep occurring.

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating of Little Rock told the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission on Friday that they have halted operation of the wells near Greenbrier and Guy pending the panel's next regular meeting on March 29.

The commission says there is likely a link between the injection wells and the repeated earthquakes in the area. On Sunday, a magnitude 4.7 quake rocked the area, the strongest Arkansas earthquake in 35 years.

The area of northern Faulkner County has had more than 800 earthquakes in the last six months.

The companies use the high-pressure wells to dispose of waste water from natural gas drilling.

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