Fracking Industry-Linked Earthquakes in Oklahoma Crack Political Party Lines

Though the US Geological Survey has determined the use of fracking wastewater disposal injection wells is the cause of the state’s earthquakes – and predicted a magnitude 5.5 or greater quake is probable – the use of disposal injection wells continues. The grassroots group Oklahoma Coalition Against Induced Seismicity called on legislators to pass a temporary moratorium on injection wells that are disposing of fracking wastewater. Instead of doing that, state legislators passed SB 809 in May last year, limiting the ability of local governments to regulate oil and gas operations. Now only the governor and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), the agency that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, can take any meaningful action.

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