This past weekend, Oklahoma experienced seven earthquakes, with the most severe registering at 4.3-magnitude. The state has actually passed California as the US state with the most earthquakes. Indeed, the US Geological Survey said in May that the:
rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma.
With injection of wastewater from unconventional oil and gas drilling the likely culprit – or perhaps the obvious cause – one wonders why there hasn’t been immediate action in Oklahoma to protect citizens and private property.
Then again, fracking is crucial to the state's economy, so eliminating the problem will be no easy task. Because…well…it’s about the economy.
Unless, of course, you’re actually concerned about the economy.
Oklahoma's non-response to an obvious threat to public health and safety is a cautionary tale to the nation - and the world.
And - if anyone's paying attention - the business case for squeezing the water and chemicals out of fracking and for innovations that advance sustainability grows with every temblor.