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Feds Move to Shut Down Injector Wells

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17 more oil and natural gas wastewater injector wells have been shut down, this time in the Osage Nation which is under EPA jurisdiction. The move comes after the strongest earthquake on record hit the state last Saturday morning. So far the EPA has offered no details on the exact locations or owners of those 17 wells. Earlier state regulators shut down 37 injector wells.

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Energy Companies want Earthquake Lawsuit Dismissed

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The lawsuit was filed by the Oklahoma Sierra Club against several Oklahoma energy companies who own saltwater disposal wells suspected of causing earthquakes. The suit seeks to force the companies to lower injection volumes. Devon Energy Corp. says it selling off the disposal wells at issue and all the companies argue the Corporation Commission is already dealing with induced earthquakes.

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New Power for the Corporation Commission on Earthquakes

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Governor Fallin has signed into law a bill that gives new powers to the Corporation Commission to shut down injection wells without notice or hearing to address man-made earthquakes. The Commission believed it already had the authority to do what it needed to address induced quakes but the new law makes it very clear, the commission can take "whatever action is necessary".

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Earthquakes Hit Central Oklahoma

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A pair of earthquakes shook residents in Logan County overnight. A 4.2 magnitude quake struck near Crescent and a few hours later a 4.1 temblor shook the same area. The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new earthquake hazard map and lists Oklahoma at a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes this year. That surpasses every other state in the country.

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4.0 Shakes Central Oklahoma

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Just after 5:30 this morning, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was centered between Guthrie and Langston. The temblor could easily be felt across the Oklahoma City Metro area. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

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Teaching Students When Life Begins

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High School students would have to be told that life begins at conception under a bill approved today by a House sub-committee. Rep. Ann Coody's bill would also require schools to include details about how a fetus develops.

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Pressure Builds on Lawmakers to Address Ongoing Earthquakes

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So far this year, Oklahoma has already had more than 90 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater. While state government has done little so far to address the problem two bills have now been introduced to address the Corporation Commissions power to force injector wells to shut down and require local school districts to develop earthquake emergency response plans.

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No End in Sight for Quakes Near Fairview

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Five more earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma including a 4.2 magnitude quake near Fairview. Two other quakes hit the same area in the hours prior to the 4.2 temblor. While 27 injection wells in the area have been ordered to reduce volumes a much larger order is in the works that could impact hundreds of injections wells.

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Northern Oklahoma Quakes Getting Stronger

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An ongoing swarm of earthquakes in northern Oklahoma is now increasing in strength. Late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning a 4.7, 4.8 and a 4.0 series of quakes struck near Fairview. It is an area of the state where 18 earthquakes have occurred in the last two days stronger than 2.5 in magnitude. These are the strongest temblors recorded so far.

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Earthquake Swarm Hits the State

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There have been 28 earthquakes in northern and central Oklahoma over the last two days. They ranged from magnitude 2.5 to 4.8. The majority of the activity has been around Fairview Oklahoma where 22 earthquakes have been recorded. For 2015 Oklahoma had more than 900 earthquakes that measured 3.0 or higher.

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State Responds to Edmond Quakes

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The Corporation Commission issues new orders to several saltwater disposal wells in the area where earthquakes have rocked the Edmond area. Five injection wells will be impacted and will reduce injection volumes by 25 to 50%.

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New Oklahoma Wind Farm Would Produce Power for Missouri

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Duke Energy Renewables unveils plans to build a 2,000 megawatt wind farm near Blackwell Oklahoma. The farms 61 wind turbines would generate electricity for city utilities in Springfield Missouri. The project is expected to be complete by 2016.

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Another 4.7 Earthquake in Northern Oklahoma

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The 4.7 magnitude quake hit in the Medford area early this morning. It is the second 4.7 temblor to hit the area this month. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has taken steps to force some injector wells in the area to curtail operations or reduce volumes in the hope of slowing the quakes.

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The Ground Keeps Shaking

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An earthquake near Cherokee early today shook the ground across big parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. The magnitude 4.7 quake was followed by three smaller temblors all in the same general area. There have been more than 20 magnitude 4 or greater earthquakes this year in Oklahoma.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over Ongoing Earthquakes

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The Sierra Club and Public Justice are threatening to file a federal court lawsuit against four major Oklahoma energy companies unless they take steps to reduce earthquakes in central and north central Oklahoma. The groups want the energy companies to immediately reduce the amount of "produced water" that is being injected underground.

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