“The buildings aren’t prepared for it, no one’s prepared for it,” Critics fear large earthquake looms

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- State officials, including Gov. Mary Fallin, met at the Capitol on Tuesday to discuss the cause behind the quakes in Oklahoma.

With the governor acknowledging a correlation between earthquakes and wastewater disposal wells, some believe the state could be a ticking time bomb.

It was a meeting nearly a year in the making.

"I think we've made tremendous progress,  if we’re talking about 11 months of this group being together," said Fallin.

Founded by the governor, the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity has been gathering data behind Oklahoma earthquakes since September.

Now, it says the cause is wastewater disposal wells.

"We've narrowed that now, through the science and the work at this table, to say it's injection wells," said Michael Teague, State Secretary of Energy and Environment.

The council met with the public Tuesday, but some members of the public were not impressed.

"I'm really disappointed actually," said activist, Dakota Raynes. "They keep saying, 'You need to wait six months to a year to see the impacts of the decisions we're making.'"

Those decisions include two announcements made recently by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The first: who will be regulating the depth of wells. The Second: the decreasing of the volume of waste-water disposed in certain wells.

For one local group though, these moves are simply band aids.

"Sincerely, I worry that this isn't gonna be enough," said Angela Spotts, with Stop Fracking Payne County. "It should have been done a long time ago."

With earthquake numbers continuing to rise, Spotts believes the big one is yet to come.

"We are inching every day, closer to a 6.5 or a 7 [magnitude]," said Spotts. "The buildings aren't prepared for it, no one's prepared for it."

State officials are adamant though, they're doing everything they can to be prepared.

"We've come a long way, but we're not there yet," explained Teague. "That's the piece we're still working on."

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