Earthquake prompts regulators to shut down well near Bridge Creek

A strong Sunday night earthquake near the Grady county community of Bridge Creek prompted state regulators to immediately stop drill of a well near the town.

Some reports put it as a 3.7 magnitude quake but the U.S. Geological Survey recorded it at 3.1 magnitude.

Event type:                       Earthquake
Region:                           Oklahoma
Geographic coordinates:           35.218N,  97.741W
Magnitude:                        3.1
Depth:                            5 km
Universal Time (UTC):              5 Nov 2018  00:53:57
Time near the Epicenter:           4 Nov 2018  18:53:57
Local standard time in your area:  4 Nov 2018  18:53:57

Location with respect to nearby cities:
2.0 km (1.2 mi) SSW of Bridge Creek, Oklahoma
18.5 km (11.5 mi) S of Mustang, Oklahoma
25.5 km (15.8 mi) NE of Chickasha, Oklahoma
26.8 km (16.6 mi) WSW of Moore, Oklahoma
34.4 km (21.4 mi) SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The quake’s recorded time was at 6:53 in the evening and its epicenter was only a mile from Bridge Creek and at a depth of about 3 miles. There were reports of minor damage in the area.

In less than an hour, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered the shutdown of well nearby.

The Oil and Gas Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed the operator of a well completion operation in the Bridge Creek area to cease  operations immediately. 

The directive was issued shortly after an earthquake event in the area this evening.  Oklahoma Geological Survey data currently lists the magnitude at 3.7. 

The shutdown of the operation is indefinite, pending further investigation and data review. 

Roan Resources is the operator.”