The state of Oklahoma has experienced an increase in earthquakes that is being linked to areas “where oil and gas production is injecting vast amounts of waste water into the earth.” The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased every year since 2009. While the majority of the earthquakes are considered small, causing little or no damage “what they lack in punch they make up for in sheer volume,” says 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.
Whitaker traveled to Oklahoma to investigate. He interviewed two residents who are using apps on their phones that track the frequency of earthquakes in the state “all day long.” On camera, the two women show Whitaker all the earthquakes that have been reported in the past 24 hours. Whitaker says “that must be unnerving.” One of the women replies, “It’s no way to live.” 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.