Earthquakes Still Major Problem In Oklahoma

Don’t buy into the hype from government officials and cheerleaders for the oil and gas industry here. Oklahoma's manmade-earthquake problem is far from solved.

If you need the most obvious evidence just consider the two 4.0-magnitude earthquakes that rattled Luther and Cherokee last week or, better yet, consider that on August 12 the state had already experienced1,668 earthquakes in 2016 or 619 earthquakes of 2.8-magnitude or higher from January to June. The decline, respectively, is from 1,914 and 701 in 2015.

The current year’s numbers have undoubtedly already gone up as I write this.

Here’s the main takeaway: The state has gone from experiencing hardly any earthquakes since before the 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Prague in 2011 to a massive number of earthquakes, which shake it up on an almost daily basis. Nothing has changed, really.

Oklahoma has NOT solved its earthquake problem through more regulation of disposal wells used in fracking operations. What has happened is the worldwide oil glut has reduced overall wastewater volume amounts in the wells. The regulations, adopted by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), may have had some impact or might have simply shifted earthquake swarms from one area to another, but, allow me to speculate, if oil was still selling at $100 a barrel there probably wouldn’t have been a decline at all. Oil barrel prices remain around the $40 to $45 range right now and are expected to sink even lower after the summer driving season.

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Newspaper Sets Up Big Endorsement For Trump

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The Oklahoman editorial board is setting itself up for a big endorsements of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, the racist xenophobe trying to get his opponent assassinated and playing to every low-denominator in the American psyche.

Trump, as all reasonable people know throughout the world, suffers from mental illness and possesses all the hallmarks of a nationalistic dictator waiting to happen.

The newspaper’s editorial board for a long time during the bizarre Republican primary warned conservatives against supporting Trump because his lack of electability, but that’s all changed now. For weeks, editorials have slowly and surely put in the fix for the newspaper’s support of Trump. It’s really despicable, and, no, it’s not just partisan politics. This is a dangerous moment in our country’s history.

The Tulsa World, for example, has declined to support either Trump or Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton for president. That’s a big deal in a freaky, red state like Oklahoma, where the stupidity grows and festers like summer bag worms in the trees here.

A majority of people in Oklahoma vote against their own financial interests because of, choose one or all of the following, people: (1) They hate themselves. (2) They are single-issue voters based what they hear from the Southern Baptist Church or other right-wing Christian pulpits. (3) They are as racist and xenophobic as Trump. (4) They are prone to paranoia and conspiratorial suggestions because of a lack of education and awareness. (5) They are extremely rich, like Trump, and manipulate the rubes with trinkets of ideology and promises that will never happen to make even more money. I could go on, but the analysis has been done over and over again.

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State Of Emergency

As much as state and Oklahoma City leaders either want to disguise it or simply don’t want to believe it, all signs point to the fact that the state and local economy continues to disintegrate in a manner that constitutes a real emergency.

Don’t expect action soon, though. Some GOP leaders probably enjoy watching the tax revenue crunch put the squeeze on education funding and state agencies, and Oklahoma City leaders can’t do much about it. Oil prices continue to slump—this is EVEN during the driving season—and nothing is going to stop that in the short-term. The state’s frackers enjoyed their heyday, got their unbelievable tax breaks, and now have put everyone—except for the rich, of course—at risk of living in a place that will increasingly become non-viable and even more mediocre.

But wait, well, we have Bricktown, sir, a.k.a., La Renaissance. Yet businesses are leaving in droves from this puny, minor league, entertainment district with its polluted, trash-filled canal. We even have an area minor league baseball team to remind us we’re minor league.

Maybe “minor league” is too nice of a term to describe the tyranny of awful leadership in this place, from Gov. Mary Fallin to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, all Republicans. Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller, another Republican, doesn’t hide the gnarly truth, but he won’t or can’t do anything about it. Miller could leave the Republican Party in response to the financial malfeasance, but I bet he won’t, and he’s supposedly an academic.

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