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OERB Research Grant Funds State's Digital Data Collection System

OERB Research Grant Funds State's Digital Data Collection System

Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague announced today that council partner Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) has committed a research grant to fund a new digital system for collecting waste water disposal data. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission identified to the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity that they wer...

Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague announced today that council partner Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) has committed a research grant to fund a new digital system for collecting waste water disposal data.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission identified to the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity that they were in need of an IT solution to establish a standard format and criteria to help improve the process by which they were collecting and analyzing water disposal data in response to the increase in seismic activity across the state. The new system will modernize collection of data provided by oil and natural gas producers to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The project is part of an ongoing, collective effort between the state’s oil and natural gas producers, the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), and the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS)

“Through the OERB grant, the oil and natural gas industry is providing the critical funds necessary to revolutionize the way we collect and analyze data,” Sec. Teague said. “It also represents the successful collaboration of industry, agencies, researchers and regulators through their work on the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity.”

The research grant, approved by the OERB Board of Directors on February 9, will be applied directly and immediately to implementing the first phase of the project. The second phase, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, expands the online system and will provide real time, detailed information to the public and researchers across the country.

According to Mike Paque, Executive Director of the GWPC, the new system enables Oklahoma to have more extensive and efficient handling of data, improving both seismicity research and regulation. GWPC will be responsible for developing the system’s implementation.

“It is the first of its kind and other states are watching Oklahoma closely, with great interest,” Paque said. “It will provide an unparalleled level of information.”

For more information, visit www.earthquakes.ok.gov.