As a result of the four earthquakes that have occurred Wednesday and Thursday the Railroad Commission has ordered a halt to all deep oil and gas produced water injection in this area beginning December 31st.  The suspension is indefinite at this time.  So what does that mean for operators of existing disposal wells in the specified areas effected?

In the RRC's Gardendale Seismic Response Area (SRA), injection below the top of the Strawn Formation will not be permitted.   That area is located north of Odessa and Northwest of Midland.

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The Strawn happens at around 10,000 feet deep.

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