We must keep in mind that the largest injection well quake associated with induced seismicity was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Prague, Oklahoma in 2011. There is now a lawsuit taking place in Oklahoma by a woman who says she was injured when rock fell from her chimney onto her legs, as a result of an induced seismic earthquake. There is no guarantee that quakes will not get even bigger.
Attempts to stop the earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas, for example, are apparently not working to protect public health and safety. In fact, Oklahoma, which has now surpassed California for earthquakes, just had two quakes on September 24, 2015 that police reported caused power outages.
The truth is that the constant creation of millions of gallons of fracking waste fluid must stop. There is no good solution to where it will all go. How many man-made earthquakes with potential contamination of drinking water and other problems might be caused by misguided, inadequate attempts to handle massive amounts of waste fluids? This is too risky for public health and safety.
Officials need to stop pretending that they can control earthquakes. They must protect the public health, safety, and welfare. They need to listen to the suffering and the voices of the many people who have earthquake damage in their homes that they themselves must try to pay for even though industry, who may have caused the quakes, should be held accountable legally, financially, and morally for any damage done.
“They do not emphasize a major risk factor in their equation, that being citizens and public health and safety. We do not accept the thinking that it is an acceptable risk to cause earthquakes for the benefit of a few jobs tied to fracking,” said Teresa Mills.
For more information, would you please see the following WFAA news video and article:
"The Fault Line: Ohio quakes offer lessons for Texas”
StatesFirst primer: http://www.statesfirstinitiative.org/#!induced-seismicity-work-group/cwed