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Oklahoma launches new earthquake website

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._A new website has been launched as a public resource for sharing research, regulations, updates and news related to earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The website, earthquakes.ok.gov, is a result of the work done by the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity. Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael J. Teague was directed to lead the council in an effort to organize state resources related to the increase in seismic activity. Their primary responsibility is to develop solutions, identify gaps in resources and coordinate efforts among state agencies and the oil and gas industry.

“This website will help provide Oklahomans with up-to-date and timely information about our ongoing earthquake response,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “I appreciate the work of the Coordinating Council and the state agencies, universities, industry and environmental groups that have contributed to its progress.”

The launch of the new website came the same day as the release of a statement by the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which states that OGS believes many of the earthquakes in Central and North-Central Oklahoma are triggered by waste-water disposal wells related to energy production. Fallin called the statement by OGS significant, and said that state agencies have already begun to implement new policies to address increases in seismicity.

“Oklahoma state agencies are already taking action to address this issue and protect homeowners,” said Fallin.

Earthquakes.ok.gov will be continuously updated with the latest data, studies, developments and proposed actions related to the state's response to earthquakes.

Inquiries are welcomed by Secretary Teague's office at 405-285-9213 or through the “Contact Us” tab on earthquakes.ok.gov.

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