Environmental Group Pushes to Stop Oil, Gas Leases in Oklahoma After Sunday Earthquake

The Center for Biological Diversity is proposing that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdraw 11 proposed oil and gas leases in Oklahoma after another alleged human-induced earthquake rocked the state on Sunday.

The Center for Biological Diversity claimed Monday that fracking and wastewater injection are posing risks to people and property and should not be allowed to continue. However, the BLM continues to refuse to analyze the potential impacts its oil and gas lease approvals are making on people’s safety, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Sunday’s earthquake was the third quake at 5.0 magnitude or more in Oklahoma this year, with there being more than 20 earthquakes that shook the state in the past week, according to an Associated Press report.

Studies have linked the increase in earthquakes in the area to human activity like fracking and wastewater injection, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study.