OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s energy department is warning residents of a potential gas shortage that could hit the state’s cities within a week.
The department’s chief environmental officer, James W. Smith, said the agency is “monitoring a potential situation” for the next couple of weeks, but that no specific date has been set.
The agency’s oil and gas department is also assessing a potential shortage.
Smith said the lack of natural gas in the state means the agency could have to curtail some drilling activities.
The state’s oil production has dropped to 1.3 million barrels a day.
But it has increased slightly in recent months due to an oil and natural gas boom in the oil fields of eastern Oklahoma.
The increase is due to a surge in demand from the oil and mining industries.
“We don’t know what the impact would be,” Smith said.
Natural gas is used for heating homes and heating equipment, and it also provides heat to hospitals and other facilities. “
I have no idea how long this will take, but the sooner we can get it under control, the better off we are.”
Natural gas is used for heating homes and heating equipment, and it also provides heat to hospitals and other facilities.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Oklahoma has about 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural-gas reserves.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey says the state has 1.8 billion cubic yards of oil and 1.4 billion cubic meters of natural natural gas.
The two types are combined in a variety of ways, but Smith said they are “technically indistinguishable.”
Smith said in the meantime, Oklahoma residents should be prepared for a possible shortage.
He said the state will monitor the situation closely and that it will be up to local officials to decide how to handle the gas.
He also said that if the oil-and-gas industry wants to drill new wells, they would need to pay the cost of the gas needed to power the wells.
The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the industry, has said the natural-gase shortage will put a strain on state revenues.
Oil and gas companies are already looking for ways to recoup the costs of drilling wells.