In the five years since earthquakes first began blitzing Oklahoma, state officials have been hesitant to agree with scientists who blamed the oil and gas industry.
While the shaking doesn’t appear to be slowing, the regulatory response is now quickly ramping up.
When Gov. Mary Fallin talked about the earthquakes a year ago at the 2014 state energy conference, she was circumspect and noncommittal.
“Many have been quick out in the public sector, or even in the private sector, to draw conclusions about its cause,” she said in remarks opening the Oklahoma City event last year
As scientific evidence has mounted, however, the doubt has eroded. Speaking at the state Capitol last week, Fallin publicly agreed with what researchers have said for years.