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Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's it gonna be Ligonier?

Wait until the earthquakes begin to happen here in the valley, or work to see that the destruction doesn't happen in the first place? Which do you choose...? The facts are there for those who acknowledge them.

"Now the Oklahoma Supreme Court has cleared the way for citizens to sue the oil and gas companies responsible for the wells. In a 7-0 decision, with two justices not voting, the court said that Sandra Ladra, a resident of Prague, Oklahoma, which was hit by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011, could seek compensation for injuries she suffered in that tremor.
The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013 – by about 50 percent – significantly increasing the chance for a damaging magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in central Oklahoma. (image: USGS)
“On November 5, 2011, Appellant was at home in Prague, Oklahoma watching television in her living room with her family when a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck nearby,” reads Ladra’s complaint. “Suddenly, Appellant’s home began to shake, causing rock facing on the two-story fireplace and chimney to fall into the living room area. Some of the falling rocks struck Appellant and caused significant injury to her knees and legs, and she was rushed immediately to an emergency room for treatment. She claims personal injury damages in excess of $75,000.” The industry said that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industries and tends to be very friendly toward them, should deal with these cases. The state supreme court disagreed.
From 1973 to 2007, earthquakes in Oklahoma were scattered broadly across the east-central part of the State. Since 2008, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes, and the events have been more clustered in the vicinity northeast and east of Oklahoma City and generally southwest of Tulsa. (Illustration by Richard Dart, USGS)