OKLAHOMA CITY – Many Oklahomans are sick of all the shaking going on.
They are making their voices heard at the State Capitol.
“If they would do what they did 40 years ago and stop the fracking and the underground storage, I think that would relieve these earthquakes,” said David Hennessy, a concerned Edmond resident who has been directly impacted by recent earthquakes.
Protesters at the rally are focused on two bills.
They like a proposal to ensure home owners can collect on their earthquake policies, but lawmakers killed it.
They dislike Senate Bill 809 which limits a city or town’s right to restrict fracking or disposal wells within city limits, which some said does away with local control.
“Which is tantamount to saying no regulation at all,” said former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, on hand at the rally to support the protesters.
The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association has a different take.
In a statement, the group said in part:
“Regulators and researchers have taken several science-based steps to address increased seismicity in Oklahoma, and the state’s oil and gas companies have worked in full cooperation with regulators to address these concerns.”
But, for homeowners concerned about our drinking water and our health, it’s just not enough to ease fears.
“Five years from now, they’re probably going to wonder why 2 million Oklahomans got cancer,” Hennessey said.
Organizers of the rally said it was an effort to keep the heat on lawmakers to look out for homeowners, even though corporations have a lot of lobbying power.