State Senator Ellis Continues Push For Quake Action

Aug 13, 2014

State Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valiant.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Sen. Jerry Ellis continued his push today for state and federal officials to take action to address the “remarkable” number of earthquakes in Oklahoma.

“I don’t know how long this has to continue, how severe it has to get, and how many scientific studies have to be undertaken, before Oklahomans collectively accept that there is hard evidence that these earthquakes are not naturally occurring phenomena,” Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant, said Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Ellis and Bob Jackman, an independent geologist from Tulsa, suggested a panel comprised of representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Oklahoma Geological Survey, seismologists, geophysicists and hydrogeologists from Oklahoma's petroleum industry, coupled with independent peer review by the National Academy of Sciences, be empanelled to develop a statewide emergency action plan in response to the swarm of earthquakes occurring in central Oklahoma.


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