'Oklahoma Shakedown' sheds light on earthquakes
Earthquakes have been occurring throughout the state at an alarming rate and tonight one OU Film Studies Graduate Student is hoping that his documentary will help open the eyes of viewers on the impact of man-made earthquakes.
The film 'Oklahoma Shakedown' was shown this evening at the Edmond Trinity Christian Church and producer and director Taylor Mullins is hoping this documentary will not only be shown around Oklahoma, but around the world.
The film follows the group "Stop Facking Payne County," along with their fight to change zoning regulations in Stillwater to keep wastewater injections away from homeowners. A fight that Mullins hopes will have an impact on oil and gas operations throughout the state.
"In addition to screening 'Oklahoma Shakedown,' we want the audience to make the connection between fossil fuel production which triggers earthquakes in Oklahoma and climate disruption and severe weather -- therefore, the need for the Paris Climate Talks," Oklahoma Sierra Club Chair Barbar VanHanken said.
One of the individuals followed in the documentary is Angela Spotts from Stillwater. The documentary follows her and the organization she co-founded "Stop Fracking Payne County," which she hopes will push for safer zoning regulations as well as raise awareness about the dangers of manmade earthquakes
"The people of Oklahoma did not pick the fight we are in -- it came exploding and shaking into our lives," Spotts said
Around 30 people came out to watch the film tonight and it has been entered into a number of film festivals around the state. 'Oklahoma Shakedown' will also be shown at a festival in Los Angeles.