News & Updates

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016

03-29-2016

USGS Press Release

For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

This is also the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that provide a 50-year forecast

The report shows that approximately 7 million people live and work in areas of the central and eastern U.S. (CEUS) with...

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GWPC to Address Produced Water Management Options in 2016 and Beyond

03-24-2016

The Ground Water Protection Council announced it will work with member states and other key stakeholders to begin a multi-year project that will address challenges and foster solutions for the alternative management and beneficial use of produced water.

The initiative, which was announced by 2016 GWPC President Leslie Savage at the Annual UIC Conference in Denver, aims to improve environmental stewardship and conserve natural resources by identifying key environmental risks that need to be addressed in order to safely manage produced water in ways other than deep well injection. The...

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States Forming Natural Gas Storage Work Group

02-24-2016

Work Group will examine regulatory regimens to ensure public safety and environmental protection

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State oil and gas regulatory agencies have partnered with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) to proactively address natural gas storage facilities and state regulations by forming a work group to recognize aging infrastructure concerns, identify technological advancements and determine the regulatory challenges. 

This...

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OERB Research Grant to Modernize Wastewater Reporting System

02-19-2016

Funding will be used to purchase new system to better collect, analyze data.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity today announced a research grant from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) that will create a new digital system to collect data on wastewater disposal wells in the state.

OERB, which is a member of the coordinating council, stepped up to help provide much-need technology improvements at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

“This is why I created the council,” said Fallin. “It proves...

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GWPC Conducts Utah Class II Peer Review

02-11-2016

GWPC announces the publication of the first Class II UIC program peer review conducted under the revamped peer review process. This process, a joint GWPC and States First initiative, is designed to assist states by evaluating their Class II UIC programs, recognizing the positive aspects of a program, and offering suggestions for improvement. This review of the State of Utah, which was conducted in November, 2015 by a team of Class II program managers from other state programs and overseen by the GWPC, is the first of what GWPC hopes will be a series of state reviews to be conducted in the...

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