Oil and Gas News: Another small earthquake recorded in Oklahoma by USGS

The Associated Press

Scientists have linked the increase to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil-and-gas production.

 

MOORELAND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded another small earthquake in Oklahoma.

The USGS recorded a 3.2 magnitude quake 13 miles northeast of Mooreland at 11:24 a.m. Sunday. The area is about 115 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

The quake comes after a magnitude 4.0 temblor on Saturday six miles northeast of Medford in north-central Oklahoma.

The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes has skyrocketed in Oklahoma, from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 900 last year.

Scientists have linked the increase to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil-and-gas production. State regulators are asking oil and gas companies in northwest and central Oklahoma to reduce their wastewater disposal wells.

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