Greeley is NOT the new Oklahoma…

Somewhat surprisingly, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has told the operator of the major injection well near the epicenter of the M 3.4 earthquake from 31 May to shut down after a 2.4 aftershock (some 50 additional aftershocks, all smaller, have also been located by the CU team running portable seismometers in the vicinity of the May 31 earthquake). This is unusual as most other areas in the country with disposal wells have to suffer earthquakes much larger before industry and its overseers decide to consider the possibility that the injection wells are causing earthquakes; a similar controversy in the Trinidad area of Colorado still remains unresolved.  What isn’t clear yet is whether the 20 day shutdown order is long enough to really see if the well is associated with the seismicity.

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