Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Governor Fallin: Let Scientist Study Earthquakes Before Any Drilling Decisions are Made”

The Stillwater area is near the center of Oklahoma’s increased earthquake activity, which federal and university scientists say is likely linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. Speaking at a forum in Stillwater, Gov. Mary Fallin told a crowd “scientists need to determine if there is a correlation between earthquake activity and oil and natural gas drilling before she would consider a ban on fracking or injection drilling,” the Stillwater NewsPress reports.

“There’s a lot of debate about the earthquakes we have seen in Oklahoma and fracking itself, but more specifically about disposal wells and how they work,” Fallin said. The state has put together a team — comprised of the Oklahoma Geological Society and energy-related businesses, which is determining if there is a relationship between fracking and earthquakes, the governor said. “We will leave that discussion up to the scientists and geologists who understand it,” Fallin said.

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