Wastewater Injection Site Linked to Greeley Earthquakes
Colorado’s oil and gas regulators are saying the recent minor earthquakes in Greeley could be linked to the operation of a local wastewater well; and now they’re ordering changed to how that well is used.
Limited wastewater injection will resume Friday at the well, east of the Greeley-Weld County Airport, but the facility will be monitored for seismic activity, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced Thursday in a statement. The well’s operator has installed a permanent seismometer, and must close its facility again if earthquakes of 2.5 magnitude or greater happen within 2.5 miles. The company also remains under investigation to see if it violated operational permits.
[via The Coloradoan.]
It’s nice to know the powers-that-be aren’t taking earthquakes lightly (especially someplace where they’re so rare).
Do you think we’ve seen the last of Colorado earthquakes for awhile, or is this just the tip of the iceberg? Let us know in the comments below!