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.
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.