Past Webinar

Understanding Induced Earthquake Activity in Oklahoma

Feb 7, 2018

About the Event

Oklahoma has experienced a roughly 900-fold increase in seismic activity since 2009, and is now the most earthquake-prone region in the contiguous United States. Increased oil and gas activity, particularly wastewater from drilling for oil and gas, has been identified as a major cause of this rise. A new paper in Science by RFF’s Roger Cooke and coauthors Thea Hincks, Willy Aspinall, and Thomas Gernon provides a clearer picture of the causal relationship between wastewater disposal and the state’s increased seismic activity.

During this webinar, RFF Senior Research Associate Daniel Raimi interviewed study coauthor Willy Aspinall and discussed what its findings mean for reducing induced earthquake risk in Oklahoma.



  • Daniel Raimi, Senior Research Associate, Resources for the Future
  • Willy Aspinall, Professor, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol