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Regulator building database of aerial maps to track Oklahoma oil field activity

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is building a database of historical aerial photographs to help track oil and natural gas activity in the state.

BY JAY F. MARKS Published: November 9, 2012

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is trolling through the state’s past to help its oil and natural gas field inspectors do their jobs.

The agency is scanning thousands of old aerial photographs into the database its inspectors rely on to enforce environmental rules and respond to complaints from landowners, said Charles Lord, manager of the commission’s underground injection control program. The database has photos taken between 1996 and 2010.

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