Oil drilling activity and earthquakes

  • Event: 2017 Tulsa Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma; Todd Halihan of Oklahoma State University
  • Date/Time: Friday, May. 5 at 11:45am
  • Location: Pocahontas Greadington Lrng & Creativity
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Oklahoma has recently found itself in the national headlines for earthquakes that have been tied to drilling activity. This session will explore the science behind these quakes and help reporters find reliable sources of data and context, even on deadline. 

Speaker Bios

  • Dr. Halihan is a Professor of Geology at Oklahoma State University and Chief Technical Officer for Aestus, LLC. Dr. Halihan’s professional interests center in subsurface characterization and sustainable water supply. He previously served as the Chair of the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America. He currently serves on the Oklahoma governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity.

  • Joe Wertz is a senior reporter and managing editor covering environment for StateImpact Oklahoma, a journalism collaboration of NPR member stations in Oklahoma. He reports regularly national NPR audiences and other national outlets and networks, and serves as president of Freedom of Information Oklahoma, an open records and government transparency nonprofit. He lives in Oklahoma City and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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