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The oil and gas companies have taken the same route taken by tobacco and asbestos companies before them: deny, delay, defend. However, Oklahoma homeowners from Edmond to Crescent to Fairview to Cherokee and throughout the state know the truth.
“Wastewater injection,” says Bill Ellsworth, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, “is undoubtedly responsible for the majority of these earthquakes.” In contrast, a prominent oil executive, David J. Chernicky, argued that if humans can cause an earthquake, then they “can probably fart and shift the orbit of the planet, too.”
Even the industry-friendly Oklahoma Corporation Commission has rejected the industry position. The adjacent map shows the multiple programs of increasing scope that the OCC has put in place in an attempt to address the issue. An area covering more than 400 square miles from Cherokee to Medford, to Crescent to Stillwater to Cushing to Edmond and the Oklahoma City are affected.
However, the science tells us that even if all injection was stopped now, the shaking would continue for some time. If you're concerned about what all this means to you, contact us to discuss your options.