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Opinion

June 28, 2014

Some peace of mind

NORMAN — The earthquakes that have awakened many residents of north central Oklahoma in recent months are getting lots of attention. Reports of the dozens of tremors so far this year are becoming routine news.

Cleveland County has felt a few of the larger quakes but Oklahoma and Logan counties seem to be the hardest hit. It may be that other, less populated areas are feeling the ground shake, but their voices aren’t being heard.

Seismologists say there is no way to directly link the earthquakes to oil and natural gas activity. But you couldn’t convince a crowd at an Edmond church of that this past week. Residents turned out in droves at a public hearing sponsored by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Oklahoma has had a number of earthquakes in the past but the troubling issue now is the frequency and size of them. It could be we’ve had them all along and are just now able to measure more of them.

Some residents want a moratorium on oil and gas wastewater injection wells. That would be costly to the industry but it would give residents some peace of mind until more research can be completed.

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