As they sow…

Well, the chickens have come home to roost in Oklahoma.  After spending years obfuscating and denying any role in creating earthquakes in the Sooner State, the oil and gas industry has burned through their political cover and now are being told to cut way back on injecting waste from oil and gas wells into deeper strata.

Had industry taken a more proactive stance some years ago and invested some time and money in determining which wells, under which circumstances, were causing earthquakes, they might not today be facing a downturn in production.  It is quite likely that many of the 411 wells told to cut back were not part of the problem, but figuring that out now is probably very difficult.  Meantime, the fluid already injected over the past several years is likely going to continue to produce earthquakes for some time to come.

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