The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


July 9, 2014

Promptly find a prudent middle ground on injection wells

ENID, Okla. — Four wells injecting massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the earth probably are shaking up our great state, according to a new study published by the journal Science.

The study claims they have triggered over 100 small to medium earthquakes during the past five years.

On a daily basis, those wells pump more than 5 million gallons of water into rock formations, creating pressure that “has to go somewhere,” study lead author Cornell University seismologist Katie Keranen told The Associated Press.

Let’s draw a parallel here.

Decades ago, with many studies, we determined that driving at excessively high speeds on our nation’s highways increased the likelihood of accidents, and some of those would be fatality accidents. So, with the help of numerous engineering studies, we set speed limits appropriate to various circumstances. And we enforce those speed limits.

Speed-lovers claimed they could be safe driving 110 mph. On the other extreme, safety-obsessed people countered that driving was unsafe at any speed.

But with engineering, studies and political involvement, we determined that somewhere between zero and 110 mph was a prudent speed limit, and we’ve enforced it.

So, can we apply that type of logic to reinjection wells related to energy drilling? Somewhere between the reinjection gushers in the study released recently and no fracking — zero reinjection — is a prudent middle ground.

We need energy companies, regulators, university studies and, ultimately, lawmakers to help find that prudent middle ground, and promptly. Regulations can change in the future as we learn more, but we need some better regulation now followed by better research studies.

Text Only
  • Never leave a child or a pet alone in a car

    With temperatures soaring to near or above 100, parents need to know they can’t leave their children alone in a locked vehicle. In 10 minutes, a vehicle’s temperature can climb 19 degrees. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, and it only takes a few minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated, according to Safe Kids USA.

    July 23, 2014

  • Will Rogers web.jpg Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 7-24-2014

    I am beginning to believe that Mellon is the poorest Treasurer we ever had. I would like to be Treasurer. Here would be my policy, and you see if it wouldn’t be the best thing for America:
    Save nothing, have nothing in there. Then Congress and the entire nation could have nothing in view only what they made themselves.
    A Candidate.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be

    Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Voters have decisions to make in August races

    Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
    The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.

    July 22, 2014

  • Going postal

    Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.

    July 22, 2014 1 Story

  • New dorm

    Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Stars in our eyes

    We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
    “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up logo.jpg Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up

    Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patsy Sorrels.tiff The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving

    Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Christy col. use clip.jpg Water, water everywhere?

    As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads