2 Faulkner Co. injection wells causing earthquakes?, KTHV, March 2, 2011:
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has called an emergency meeting to consider shutting down two injection wells in Faulkner County that have been linked to earthquakes in the region.
Commission officials said Wednesday there was enough evidence to request an emergency cease order to stop activities of two injection wells, one outside Guy owned by Chesapeake Operating Inc. and the other near Greenbrier owned by Clarita Operating LLC. The special meeting has been called for Friday.
Earthquakes: What's At Fault?, KATV, March 2, 2011:
Scientist at the Arkansas Geological Survey, Scott Ausbrooks said he will not reveal any specific details of what the study found, but it was enough evidence to warrant a special hearing deciding a possible ban. ...
He said a similar study was done in the 1960's in Denver, Colorado when they were seeing swarms of earthquakes.
"The variables that we're looking at is something that has been applied in other cases of induced seismicity," said Ausbrooks. ‘Induced seismicity' is also known as man-made tremors.
What do locals have to say?
Faulkner County resident Peggy Price felt the earthquake and said, "Everyone around here thinks it's the drilling."
Greenbrier neighbor Berlin Reynolds said, "We didn't start having this problem until they started coming in here and putting in thousands of wells in here."