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Oil company geologist to talk Oklahoma earthquakes

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 23, 2014

A geologist with one of the country’s largest independent oil producers will talk about the recent uptick in earthquake activity in Oklahoma.

Continental Resources’ Vice President of Geology Glen Brown will deliver a luncheon address Wednesday to members of the Oklahoma Geological Society.

Brown theorizes that the increase in seismic activity across the state may be related to larger worldwide earthquakes. He says unusual earthquake activity has been observed in recent years in other states where there is no oil and gas activity.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma has recorded about 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Science suggests water being pumped into wastewater injection wells is responsible for many of the quakes.