Oklahoma Earthquake Shakes Local Confidence In Oil And Gas Drilling

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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Oklahoma on Saturday, prompting Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency. On Wednesday, officials said it was the strongest quake in the state’s history.

The quake followed a string of thousands of smaller tremors that have raised questions about the impact of drilling for oil and gas, and the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Joe Wertz, a reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma. Wertz has been talking to locals in Pawnee, Oklahoma, which was at the epicenter of Saturday’s quake.

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Joe Wertz, reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma. He tweets @joewertz.

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