Lawsuits Accuse Fracking Companies of Triggering Oklahoma’s Earthquake Surge

The recent series of strong quakes have spiked public concern and accusations that industry is negligent in disposing of wastewater deep underground. By Zahra Hirji Two lawsuits in Oklahoma accuse more than a dozen oil and gas companies of triggering recent earthquakes by disposing of their drilling waste in deep wells. The lawsuits filed last week come on the heels of heightened earthquake activity in Oklahoma, where more than 130 this month have registered magnitude 2.5 or higher on the Richter Scale. These events have caused property damage, knocked out the local power supply, and shaken people’s faith in the state government’s ability to control the situation. See Also: Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm Earthquakes at Wastewater Injection Site Give Oklahomans Jolt into New Year Alberta Earthquakes Tied to Fracking, Not Just Wastewater Injection read more


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