Oklahoma Quakes Trigger Legal Concerns For Energy Cos.

Law360, New York (February 4, 2016, 11:05 AM EST) -- Daniel M. McClure

Barclay Richard Nicholson Lawsuits over induced seismicity continue mounting with more than 70 earthquakes shaking Oklahoma since the start of the year, and seven recorded above magnitude 4.0.[1] Amid the ensuing wave of litigation and rapidly evolving regulatory responses, a variety of trends are becoming apparent for risk mitigation strategies to confront this burgeoning issue. With over a billion barrels of wastewater from oil and gas production slated for disposal in underground injection wells in 2016, seismicity is staged to remain a focus for the energy industry.

On Jan. 11, 2016, 14 Oklahoma residents filed suit against a...

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