- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Oklahoma agencies grappling with the increasing number of earthquakes are looking to hire scientists to aid in their efforts.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday the agency is close to offering a contract for a geophysicist who will work with the agency’s oil and gas division. That division regulates the wastewater disposal wells that scientists have linked to the increase in quakes.

Also Friday, the head of the Oklahoma Geological Survey said the agency has several solid candidates for its opening for a state seismologist. Director Jeremy Boak says he’s optimistic about the candidates, but it’s likely it will be toward the end of the spring semester before someone is hired.

Both state agencies received nearly $1.4 million from a state emergency fund.

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