Permian Basin earthquakes result in curtailed water injections

Reeves County Road And Bridge Department


Just like Oklahoma did a few years ago after a lengthy time of damaging earthquakes linked to oil and gas exploration, Texas regulators have adopted reductions in produced water injections in the Permian Basin.

The Texas Railroad Commission took the action this week following a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that rumbled across Reeves County on Nov. 16. The county covers a rich oilfield between Fort Stockton, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico. It is described as the Northern Culberson-Reeves Seismic Response Area.

The Irving Weekly reported regulators implemented curtailments on the injection volumes of produced water into disposal wells.

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