Howdy friends and neighbors of the hills!
Here is a brief update on the "man-made" tremors that might be linked to drilling activities in Arkansas.
As you may recall, it was thought that two injection wells might be connected to an ongoing swarm of earthquakes in Faulkner County. Since those wells were shut down the "shaking" has improved but geologists aren't ready to say for sure if there is a connection. For the complete story, go to: Today's THV.com, "Ark. quakes decline since injection well closures" March 14, 2011
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission met this past Tuesday and extended the moratorium on the two injection wells.
The news report on Tuesday's meeting is at: Today's THV.com "Central Arkansas injection wells continue moratorium foranother month," March 29, 2011
In the news report, Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission Deputy Director Shane Khoury says "the wells will remain closed for further studies. . . . " With the PXP operated, Montebello hills oil field sitting right on top of the East Montebello Fault it doesn't seem right to even toy with the idea of putting a 1,200 unit housing development up in the hills without a whole lot of "further studies" being done!
I figure alot of folks have been thinking about earthquakes because of the terrible tragedy happening in Japan. I know many folks in Montebello have been thinking about our sister-city of Ashiya, Japan. Thankfully, I was mighty relieved to hear that our sister-city survived the quake virtually unscathed.
Let's all keep the entire nation of Japan in our hearts and prayers.