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Fracking is very active in Oklahoma. The Woodford Shale Play serves as one of the formations that are used for fracking. Two very active areas are the SCOOP and STACK. The SCOOP is the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, while the STACK is the Sooner Trend Anadarko Basin Canadian and Kingfisher Counties. Oklahoma has noticed increased seismic activity that is thought to be related to the fracking activity in the state.
Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating
Western District of Oklahoma granted defendants motion to dismiss the claim by Sierra Club that deep water injection from fracking was the cause of earthquakes. The court used the Burford doctrine that this was more appropriately in the purview of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission than the courts to decide, since the courts lack the appropriate scientific knowledge necessary to make a determination in the case.