A state senator and an Oklahoma petroleum geologist on Monday called for federal task force to develop a statewide emergency action plan in response to the ongoing earthquake swarm.
Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant, and independent geologist Bob Jackman of Tulsa suggested the panel include representatives from the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological Surveys and scientists from the state’s oil and natural gas industry.
“An emergency exists in central Oklahoma, with its accelerated and unprecedented increase in frequency and magnitude of apparently man-made earthquakes,” Jackman said.
Under the proposal, the task force would examine and evaluate all nationally published earth science and ongoing studies related to the earthquakes that have been rattling Oklahoma. The group also would be responsible for releasing findings and proposed solutions.
“We need to act, not react,” Ellis said. “We’d better not wait ’til a high Richter-scale earthquake occurs, causing disastrous damages to homes, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals — as well as oil and gas well surface and subsurface casing and pumps.”