Fracking Industry-Linked Earthquakes in Oklahoma Crack Political Party Lines


Julie Dermansky  | DeSmogBlog | Truthout | January 21, 2016

Sara Winsted, a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, an upscale Oklahoma City suburb, won’t be surprised if her house falls down before state legislators take action to stop the earthquakes.

Her feeling of hopelessness intensified after she attended two public meetings: a town hall organized by State Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia) at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, and a public hearing at the state capitol in Oklahoma City led by State Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC).

Though the US Geological Survey has determined the use of fracking wastewater disposal injection wells is the cause of the state’s earthquakes – and predicted a magnitude 5.5 or greater quake is probable – the use of disposal injection wells continues.

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