Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Moratorium on natural gas disposal wells sought in Arkansas

I've written here about hydro-fracking in central Arkansas, as well as efforts to stop it here. Now the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has "proposed a permanent moratorium on disposal wells related to the natural gas drilling in a 1,150-square-mile area in the center of the state." Here's an excerpt from a story in the New York Times:
State scientists have found a highly suggestive link between the operation of these wells and a swarm of more than 1,220 earthquakes since early last fall, including a 4.7-magnitude quake in February. Since two of the wells were shut down in March, the number of earthquakes has dropped by almost 50 percent.
The Commission will make a decision about this proposal on July 26.

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