A new map from the United States Geological Survey shows Oklahoma has as much potential for damaging earthquakes as California, thanks to all of our states underground natural gas and fracking wastewater tomfoolery.
But thats not really accurate, said Gov. Mary Fallin.
Recent declines in produced wastewater disposal in Oklahoma are not reflected in the USGS map, Fallin said in a media release. This gives us even a stronger base in going forward and gives state regulators further justification for what they are doing.
Shes referring to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which started giving directions to disposal well operators several months ago a scant five years after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit east of Oklahoma City.
What caused the hesitation to act? It could have been Fallins staff, like former communications director Alex Weintz, who discouraged people from asking the governor about earthquakes because it would be awkward.
Or maybe it was the use of talking points received from Devon Energy, a company that, to put it mildly, has a vested interest in hydraulic fracking and high-pressure disposal wells.
So forgive us if the governors claim that Oklahoma remains committed to doing whatever is necessary to reduce seismicity in the state rings a little bit hollow.
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