EDMOND — Dozens of residents who are increasingly worried about growing cracks in their homes, decreases in their property values and the cumulative effects of earthquakes spoke at a forum Thursday evening, with some calling for a moratorium on the use of saltwater disposal wells from oil and gas drilling.
Rep. Lewis Moore, a Republican who organized the town hall-style meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma, got an earful from constituents who are not happy about the perceived slow response by lawmakers and other elected officials to the state’s spike in seismic activity.
“I’ve only got small cracks, but I’m scared to death,” Edmond resident Kathy Matthews told Moore. “You are late to the party. There’s no lack of conversation. There’s a lack of action.”
Other residents wanted to know why Moore voted last year for Senate Bill 809, which became law and limits the ability of local governments to regulate oil and gas operations. The bill also reaffirmed the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the state’s chief energy regulator.