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“What the f**k, Oklahoma?”: Jon Stewart tees off on fracking-obsessed state for literally causing earthquakes

Fracking is turning the Sooner State into a giant Brookstone massage chair


Colin Gorenstein
April 24, 2015 5:16PM (UTC)

Prior to 2008, the state of Oklahoma experienced only an average of 1-2 earthquakes each year (with a 3.0+ magnitude). In 2015, it's not uncommon for the state to receive more than two earthquakes of that size in just one day. Surely, this phenomenon is just the lord using the state as a shake weight, right?

Jon Stewart blasted the fracking deniers of Oklahoma on Thursday night's "Daily Show," providing hard-and-fast evidence that the uptick in industrial drilling is to blame for turning the great state into a "giant Brookstone massage chair." The Sooner State has made some baby steps, though. "Oklahoma, admitting you have a problem is the first step," Stewart said of the state which finally came around to recognizing the problem earlier this week when a geological survey was released which clearly detailed that oil and gas wastewater disposal wells were triggering earthquakes.

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What did the state do just 24 hours later? Approve a bill that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and gas drilling operations. OK, Oklahoma. OK.


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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