Oklahoma, we need to talk. We have an earthquake problem and here’s the thing, we think we know why. More and more reports are coming out showing it’s connected to the disposal of waste water from oil and gas wells.
Oil and gas are deeply tied to this state and I’m not in favor damaging the industry but we simply have to do something. Instead, our state leaders think laws prohibiting local officials from doing what they think is best for their own community is the way to go. Besides just being short-sighted it’s a slap in the face to Oklahomans. Now The Daily Show has taken notice with Jon Stewart appropriately saying, “What the f#&k Oklahoma?”
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There sure has been a lot of shake, rattle, and roll in Oklahoma over the past few years. We’re talking earthquakes. The most recent was just this morning (Dec. 1st) and several earthquakes hit over the weekend.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey reports the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has steadily increased since 2009 and calls the situation “unusual”. There are theories and this study that say injection wells are to blame for some of the seismic activity.
I plan to explore this situation down the road sometime but, whatever the cause, there are ways you can help scientists track earthquakes. Just contact the Oklahoma Geological Survey. There’s an easy to fill out form on the OGS website. It’ll help scientists know where and when the earthquake struck, as well as any damage that may have been caused. You can also request a device to be placed on your property to measure seismic activity.
It’s important to have as much data as possible when tracking earthquakes. It’s the best way to help scientists figure out just exactly why it’s happening.