On March 26, 2020, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded in West Texas. Centered approximately 27 miles from the city of Mentone, the activity was located about 3 miles deep, was felt as far as El Paso, and is now the largest recorded earthquake in West Texas. The Mentone area recorded an additional 5 smaller earthquakes in the 4 days prior to the 5.0 being felt. As of the date of this writing, the West Texas area recorded 10 earthquakes over the past week and 28 over the last 30 days, all registering between four to eight (4 to 8) km deep.1
The rise of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) has thrust us into unprecedented times in just about every aspect of life. Following recommendations by the CDC, the White House, and most medical experts, more people are staying home, and businesses are closing. As the stock market and oil prices continue to plunge, the world is only left with unanswered questions as to what is to come.
While American energy continues remain the most valuable resource to our nation, Ball Morse Lowe attorney Kimberly Wurtz has been asked to speak to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s 2019 Annual Business Meeting this week in Oklahoma City. The presentation, entitled, “Mixing Oil and Water: Groundwater Concerns with Oil and Gas Development” sparks a roundtable discussion on concerns and issues regarding oil and gas exploration and production.