Editorial: Solving our earthquake problems

Who is to blame for the earthquakes in Oklahoma and what can we do to stop them?

That first question is up for debate. Environmentalists, liberal Democrats and effete intellectuals blame the oil industry. They claim that fracking and the resulting injection wells are causing the hundreds of minor earthquakes in mostly Central Oklahoma plus Southern Kansas and parts of Texas.

Maybe. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission thinks they are at least partially to blame and they have ordered some companies to halt the injections near sites where there have been a lot of quakes.

Some radicals want a complete halt to oil and gas production. They subscribe to a theory of global warming and they blame fossil fuel. It’s unproven science based on projections from computer models that we know are unreliable.

Some geologists within the energy industry think that the earthquakes are part of a cycle. They believe that is it better to have a series of minor quakes than a couple of really big ones that could do a great deal of damage and hurt people.

So far, none of the earthquakes have done any significant damage.

What’s the solution? One answer would be more study. Oklahoma has some of the sharpest minds in the world when it comes to geology and they should be in the middle of investigating this situation.

They may find that like California or Alaska, Oklahoma is going to have earthquakes no matter what we do – even if we shut down every well in the state.

But the shrill voices from the left who oppose the energy industry in Oklahoma are not going to be the source of any solutions.