Oklahoma State Rep on oil companies and earthquakes: “No one is taking this issue seriously”

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OKLAHOMA CITY - There’s been a series of 2.9 or greater earthquakes in the Edmond area.

It’s not the first time earthquakes have hit but, as they get closer to the metro, some sate legislators said they’ve kept silent long enough.

“This is sort of like the king has no clothes in the middle of the living room, and everybody is ignoring that fact,” said State Rep. Richard Morrissette (D. 92). “At what point are we, the policy makers, going to address this issue and take it seriously?”

Many Edmond residents experienced the earthquakes and had damage.

Morissette said the state needs to shut down the wells not just bring temporary solutions.

“Why now? Now, it’s enough,” Morissette said. “This has been going on for five years, and no one is taking this issue seriously.”

His reaction comes after three major earthquakes originated in Edmond early Tuesday morning near I-35 and Covell.

"It's time to take action," Morissette said. "I cant imagine what the folks in Edmond went through, if it woke me up in south Oklahoma City. Enough is enough."

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said they're doing everything they can to help reduce the number of earthquakes.

They wouldn't go on camera but said they are actively "working on a response to the latest earthquake activity, and details will be announced as soon as a plan is finalized."

"We need to shut these wells down," Morrissette said.

He said the state needs to stop dancing around the issue.

"Mr. Skinner, if you're watching, let me direct you to the statute. They've got the authority. They've got the power," Morissette said. "It's right in statute. It's right in here Corporation Commission Mr. Anthony and, the rest of the commission, do something."

The law basically says the corporation commission has the power and authority to rule over the oil and gas industry.

It's something they said they are doing, based on new data that becomes available from oil companies.

"This is a preventable disaster that our policy makers at 23 and Lincoln and the Corporation Commission refuse to address, because they're afraid politically to act," Morissette said. "Fear is driving them."

According to the Corporation Commission, to date, the July and March directives have resulted in 224 wells plugging back.

The commission is also in a legal battle with Sandridge Energy, because they refuse to shut down some of their wells.