Oklahoma Earthquakes: Senator Wants To Change Injection Wells

A Democratic State Senator wants to cutback on a recent swarm of earthquakes here in Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the number of quakes have increased "significantly".

Almost 3,000 have been recorded since January, mostly in central Oklahoma.

Some experts say wastewater injection wells are to blame.

And the biggest wells are in Oklahoma County.

Senator Jerry Ellis wants to limit the amount of waste water put into those wells, and to build new wells away from sensitive fault lines.

"We're not suggesting that 'oil patch' disposal wells ought to be shut down," Ellis said. "But I do believe we could do a better job of siting and managing those wells."

Last week, Ellis suggested a federal task force take a closer look at the problem and come up with an emergency action plan for Oklahoma.