Sunday, January 31, 2016

Arkansas Frackquake Victims Commiserate With Oklahomans as Deadly Risks Grow

From:  Truth Out 

Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00  
By Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog | Report 

There is a general consensus in Oklahoma that the record-breaking number of earthquakes occurring in the state are caused by the disposal of fracking wastewater in injection wells. But there's no agreement on what to do to stop them.

"We are human guinea pigs in a fracking industry experiment," Angela Spotts, founder of Stop Fracking Payne County and a Stillwater, Oklahoma homeowner, told DeSmog. "Regulators tell us they can get the earthquakes under control as they tinker with the quantity that wastewater wells are allowed to inject into the ground. But despite their efforts, the quakes have continued." 

Spotts' group has called for a moratorium on injection wells that dispose of fracking wastewater. "Shutting the wells down stopped the earthquakes that hit Arkansas. That is what we need to do here too," Spotts said. 
Angela Spotts at the earthquake hearing in the State Capitol. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)Angela Spotts at the earthquake hearing in the State Capitol. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) MORE