Governor Mary Fallin announced the creation of a group bringing lawmakers, energy industry experts and researchers together. The Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity will be headed by Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague.
“Oklahoma has always had seismic activity,” said Fallin. “But the reality is, we are seeing more earthquakes today than we did several decades ago. It's important we study this issue and have sound science that can inform decisions made in both the public and private sector. This new council will link researchers with the energy industry and policymakers to ensure we are maximizing communication and access to information. We can't examine a complex issue like this in a vacuum; everyone needs to be at the same table and talking.”
The Oklahoma Geologic Survey, the Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board will be part of the Council. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State Universities and industry groups including the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association will also be part of the group.
Governor Fallin made the announcement at the Fourth Annual Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.