Recent Quakes Don't Signify an Upward Trend

Aug 22, 2019

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Several recent earthquakes show Oklahoma must still deal with manmade seismic activity. Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says recent quakes don’t necessarily equate to an upward trend. He says policies and actions have led to an overall downward trend since protocols were put in place in 2015. Skinner says much seismicity now appears to be more related to completion well activity than to disposal well actions, which tend to be stronger.

The most recent quakes have occurred in the Lake Eufaula area near Quinton, an area that’s been relatively quiet for some time until this month.