Cushing residents demanding long-term solutions following 5.0 magnitude earthquake

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 19:12:04-05

CUSHING, Okla. -- Residents are demanding long-term solutions to keep Cushing, and the world's largest oil supply safe.

Sunday night, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma. City officials in the small town say 40 to 50 buildings were damaged after the quake. Residents say they're worried the entire town may be next.

A spokesperson with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the agency is working with geologists to determine the specific cause of the quakes.

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According to their comprehensive plan following a series of quakes in Cushing last year, four wastewater wells were shut down.

Monday, representatives said the same four wells are in different states of operation, but are no longer injecting wastewater into the Arbuckle formation.

Residents say they're genuinely worried about Cushing and what continued wastewater injection could be doing to the city.

"It's scary to think about the fact that this could happen again and maybe worse next time," says Cushing resident Melissa Farmer.

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