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Governor Mary Fallin declares state of emergency for Pawnee County

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 09:33:51-04

Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Pawnee County following Saturday's powerful earthquake.

“I’m glad to hear no one was seriously hurt in today’s earthquake and damage appears to be limited. This emergency declaration will start the process to helping individuals, families and businesses impacted by the earthquakes and serves as a precursor to requesting any necessary assistance,” said Fallin.

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“I appreciate the quick response by the Department of Emergency Management and Department of Transportation to assess damage of the affected area and to ensure our state highway and turnpike bridges are safe. And I applaud the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state agency tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry, in taking swift action by ordering all Arbuckle disposal wells within a 725-square mile area of today’s earthquake to shut down and working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has sole jurisdiction over disposal wells in nearby Osage County.

"Information on the earthquake is still being collected," Fallin said, "and will be reviewed by my coordinating council on seismic activity chaired by Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague, as we continue to move forward to make our state safe.”

Emergency officials ask that residents submit photos of earthquake damage to homes and businesses through the OK Emergency mobile application.

The executive order will allow state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster releif.

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