Official: Oklahoma is now No. 1 earthquake area in the world
ENID, Okla. – In recent years, Oklahomans have become accustomed to a bit of rocking and rolling in the form of earthquakes.
Now, Oklahoma appears to be the earthquake capital of the world, according to a spokesman with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
“This is an Oklahoma issue that is an earthquake issue. It is nothing more and it’s nothing less,” said Matt Skinner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman. “For us, it’s an oil and gas issue as well, because that’s what we have jurisdiction over that the seismologists say pertains to earthquakes.”
Earlier this year, Gov. Mary Fallin acknowledged there is a direct correlation between increased seismic activity and disposal wells.
With the jump in the number of earthquakes, the corporation has ordered several wells to reduce the amount they inject.