Scientist Exploring Earthquakes & Fracking In Oklahoma

Now that Oklahoma has exceeded California in the number of earthquakes this year. Fracking is getting more attention from both citizens and scientists.

Dr. Riki Ott is on a tour to talk to Oklahomans about hydraulic fracturing. The marine biologist says she's made a connection between the chemicals used as dispersants in salt water oil spills and those used as diluents in the fracking process. She doesn't like what she says are the health risks.

"So who does that leave at risk? Us. Ordinary people minding their own business thinking they're going to be okay and they're not," Ott said.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association says, "a lack of understanding about the drilling process and the industry as a whole leads to confusion and, in many cases, fear. These attitudes have been amplified by anti-fossil fuel groups who use them to promote their agenda against the use of oil and natural gas."

Earl Hatley has collected 1,000 signatures on a petition to put a one year moratorium on waste water injection wells.

"You can sit in Oklahoma City and say we need the oil but if you lived elsewhere you'd have a different story because your way of life has changed," Hatley said. "If you stop the injection for that long you will see the earthquakes rapidly diminish."

The goal is to collect 3,000 signatures by the end of the summer and present them to the governor and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.