The Oklahoma Daily — the University of Oklahoma’s student paper — explores the arguments of two OU seismologists, who are divided over whether the state’s largest earthquake was triggered by oil and gas activity.
Katie Keranen, lead author of the report and OU geology professor, said it’s important to know if oil wells are causing earthquakes so the oil well operators can change their practices.
However, Austin Holland, seismologist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said assuming an earthquake didn’t result from natural causes could prevent seismologists from using it to predict future earthquakes.
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