Links Between Oklahoma Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Disposal
Recent governmental and scientific studies have shown a link between the earthquakes occurring in Oklahoma and southern Kansas, and the operations of the oil and gas industry relating to fracking wastewater disposal.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, captures huge volumes of wastewater along with oil and gas. To dispose of the wastewater, oil and gas operators usually inject it deep into the earth under high pressure, often well below the oil and gas reservoirs underground.
In many cases, the injection wells are in the vicinity of fault lines. Scientists believe that fault lines that were dormant have been reactivated and that swarms of earthquakes have ensued.
They warn that earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 could occur because of this continued wastewater injection. Several earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater have already occurred in Oklahoma, causing significant real property damage.
There is also a risk of infrastructure being damaged and causing catastrophic environmental disaster. The oil tank farm in Cushing, Oklahoma, is one of the largest oil storage facilities in the world. Earthquakes can cause these tanks and underground piping to rupture, spilling toxic substances into the air and water.
Erin Brockovich and Weitz & Luxenberg Seeking Justice
Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist consulting with Weitz & Luxenberg. Since helping to attain a landmark settlement for residents of the town of Hinkley, California, Erin has been a renowned advocate for victims of environmental disasters and contamination.
Hinkley’s groundwater was contaminated and the residents’ health compromised by Pacific Gas & Electric. Julia Roberts portrayed Erin in a movie about this that earned the actress an Oscar.
Erin has worked with Weitz & Luxenberg on numerous environmental matters, and continues to take on challenges where ordinary people fall victim to large corporations.
Weitz & Luxenberg is a law firm that leads and handles major litigations on numerous environmental disasters across the nation. The firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey.
Homeowners in Oklahoma and southern Kansas are experiencing sometimes daily earthquake activity that is causing damage to their homes, unexpected earthquake insurance premiums, and countless other disruptions through no fault of their own. The oil and gas industry has induced these swarms of earthquakes. They should stop the activity that is triggering this increased number and magnitude of earthquakes safely and expeditiously and compensate the public for the damages they have caused and continue to cause.
-- Erin Brockovich, Environmental Activist
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