July 1, 2015 — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that oil companies can be sued for injuries caused by earthquakes linked to drilling operations, the New York Times reports.
The lawsuit was filed by Gary and Sandra Ladra against Spess Oil Co. and New Dominion, LLC, two companies that operate wastewater injection wells near her home in Prague, Oklahoma.
In November 2011, Ms. Ladra was sitting in a recliner by her fireplace when a magnitude-5.0 earthquake hit. The two-story brick chimney on her home crumbled and large pieces of stone fell through the roof into her lab, seriously injuring her knees and legs.
Oklahoma is not known for seismic activity. The region had just one or two earthquakes per year before 2009, the same year oil companies began using hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to shatter deep rock layers to extract oil and gas. The process produces massive amounts of wastewater, which are injected into deep disposal wells. Critics say these wastewater injection wells are responsible for causing earthquakes.
Last year, there were 585 earthquakes in Oklahoma, and this year the state is on track to see 1,100 magnitude-3.0 quakes or more. Experts told Bloomberg it is “very likely” that the 600-fold increase in earthquake activity in some parts of the state is triggered by the injection of wastewater into disposal wells.
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