The stronger and more frequent earthquakes that are occurring have been linked to the briny wastewater, that’s leftover from oil and gas production, being injected underground. Recommendations have been made to reduce the volume or shut down some of the disposal wells but the oil and gas operators are resisting. And the industry has a major impact on the economy, and the politics, of Oklahoma.
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Oklahoma today was felt in seven other states, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas. This quake was the third largest ever reinforcing the fact that the power and frequency of quakes in Oklahoma are dramatically increasing.