Bad Week for Oklahoma
First, there was Oklahoma’s Senator Inhofe throwing snowballs in Congress to attempt to show that climate change wasn’t happening (the Daily Show slugged it Grumpy Cold Men). (“Embarrassing” shows up in many headlines on this antic).
Then there was the revelation by Environment and Energy Publishing that strong arm tactics from the oil industry kept the Oklahoma Geological Survey from openly identifying wastewater disposal wells as the cause of earthquakes in Oklahoma for many years. Doesn’t exactly make the OGS look good (and frankly, at the time many seismologists outside the state were wondering what the OGS was doing). A Tulsa World article covers this as well.
The good news is that the largest earthquake in Oklahoma this past week was only a 3.4. (California actually managed a 3.7, though Kansas was in the lead with a 3.8. Oklahoma did retain a lead in number of earthquakes larger than 2.5).