Oil Firm Resists Call To Shut Down Wells Amid Earthquake Concerns
SandRidge Energy thus far is defying the Oklahoma oil and gas regulator’s request that it shut down six wastewater injection wells, despite allegations the injections may be contributing to earthquakes.
The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based independent producer has complied with similar requests in the past, but this time said it will not stop using its wastewater wells.
Research links earthquakes in Oklahoma and other oil- and gas-producing states to disposal wells, although SandRidge and other shale producers have criticized geologic reports.
“We continue to work closely with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission [OCC]. We look forward to addressing this issue through OCC’s established rules and procedures, which will ensure decisions are based on scientific analysis. This is a complex issue, and science must be our guide as we work together to address it,” David Kimmel, SandRidge’s communications director, said.
The commission is working on legal action to modify SandRidge’s permits to force it to abandon the wells, Matt Skinner, a commission spokesman, told the Wall Street Journal.