Oklahoma Earthquakes

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Oklahoma Shakes After Being Hit With 7 Earthquakes In Just 28 Hours

August 7, 2017
In just 28 hours central Oklahoma was shaken by seven sequential earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2 to 5. 

Oklahoma Shaken Again By Quakes

August 7, 2017
Beginning Tuesday night, Oklahoma was pummeled by at least eleven different earthquakes of magnitude three or higher, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Oklahoma Property Owners and Businesses Are Suffering Damage and Losses

People throughout Oklahoma and parts of Kansas are suffering through earthquakes — earthquakes that are causing significant damage and property loss.  Are you one of them? If so, we can help you get compensation from the corporations that have caused this harm. Earthquakes can cause major damage — and the number and severity of quakes in the area are increasing. Our firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, is working with Erin Brockovich to get residents and business owners the help and compensation they need.

Wastewater Disposal from Fracking Related to Earthquakes

The oil and gas firms that engage in fracking are creating earthquakes by injecting wastewater into the ground. When that wastewater disposal occurs along fault lines, it sets off earthquakes. The oil and gas companies doing this should have to pay for the harm they are doing you. The earthquakes in Oklahoma and southern Kansas are causing significant structural damage to real property owned by residents and businesses. The damage includes cracks in foundations, cracks and shifting in walls and windows, fallen structures such as chimneys and steeples, and bricks tumbling down from exteriors and interiors. Many businesses also have sustained economic losses due to having their business interrupted from the earthquakes and accompanying damage. Some victims have even sustained personal injuries from falling debris during the earthquakes — whether at home or out somewhere in the state.

Weitz & Luxenberg Files Lawsuits Against Gas & Oil Companies

Weitz & Luxenberg has filed lawsuits against the owners and operators of fracking wastewater disposal facilities in Oklahoma. Our firm is seeking a moratorium on those operations and compensation for home owners and business owners for any property damage. 

The lawsuits seek compensation for:

If you, your home or your business have been harmed, you deserve to be compensated.

Why Are We Suing the Gas and Oil Companies?

Since 2009, the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma and southern Kansas has dramatically increased because of the increased volume and pressure of fracking wastewater disposal. The earthquakes are causing significant property damage. Yet, the oil and gas industry continues its wastewater injection operations without being held accountable.    

 

It’s patently unfair that homeowners should suffer losses and damage to their homes from the oil and gas companies’ induced earthquakes. These firms know what they are doing when they dispose of their wastewater in deep wells, especially in Oklahoma. These companies should be held accountable for the damage they have done and continue to do to people’s lives and businesses,” Robin Greenwald, head, Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental Litigation, Toxic Torts and Consumer Protection unit.

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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