OKLAHOMA CITY – It was noisy around the Oklahoma State Capitol on Saturday afternoon.
There were a few different rallies going on, but the biggest was a group of Oklahomans demanding answers from Gov. Mary Fallin.
With their signs and voices, they made a strong statement, claiming Gov. Fallin is not doing her job.
“Gov. Fallin has said the state is experiencing an unprecedented amount of earthquakes and that the increase is heavily linked to wastewater disposal wells operating in the Arbuckle formation. The Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, has been actively taking steps to reduce both the volume and depth of hundreds of disposal wells in Oklahoma. Additionally, the governor has formed the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity to ensure that government agencies, the energy industry, environmentalists, and academics are sharing data and developing solutions together,” Alex Weintz, communications director for Gov. Fallin’s office, said in a statement. The state is taking active steps to address Oklahoma’s earthquake problem, but we are not going to see improvements overnight. Scientists have been clear that successful policies will need to be in effect anywhere from six months to two years before we know they are working.”