Oklahomans gather at State Capitol, ask for moratorium on fracking

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Earthquakes in Oklahoma are increasing, and many Oklahomans are wondering why.

Before 2009, Oklahoma was barely on the earthquake map, but in 2014, Oklahoma recorded 562 earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or higher.

A group of protesters gathered at the Capitol over the weekend to speak out about what they believe is the cause - fracking.

The debate about the cause of earthquakes in Oklahoma has really heated up within the last year.

Last month the U.S. Geological Survey released information that indicated fracking's disposal wells are to blame for the increased seismic activity.

Oklahomans gathered at the Capitol Saturday, and asked for a moratorium on fracking.

One woman at the rally said it is "unsafe and irresponsible on the part of our legislature" to allow companies to continue these practices.

"A moratorium must be done immediately," one woman said.

The Center for Investigative Reporting also blames the uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma on waste water disposal wells used in fracking.

 

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