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Meeting in Oklahoma centers on concerns about earthquakes, whether oil drilling is cause

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    Barbara Brown poses for a photo on the front step of her home that now sits about one foot off the surface of her lawn, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the top of the step once sat about four inches off the surface of her lawn. Brown said she believes the sinkholes on her property and the drop of her lawn have to do with natural gas drilling. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Associated Press

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    Barbara Brown points to a one of several cracks on an exterior wall of her home, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that she believes the cracks to her homes foundation and wall as related to the natural gas drilling in the area. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Associated Press

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    Barbara Brown poses for a photo by the front step of her home that now sits about one foot off the surface of her lawn, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the top of the step once sat about four inches off the surface of her lawn. Brown said she believes the sinkholes on her property and the drop of her lawn have to do with natural gas drilling. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Associated Press

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    Barbara Brown poses for a photo standing knee deep in a sinkhole in front of her home, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the sinkholes started appearing around her 3.5 acre lot shortly after the earthquakes began. Earthquakes used to be unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unroll across Texas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Associated Press

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    Barbara Brown poses for a photo outside an XTO Energy Inc. injection well site, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Azle, Texas. Brown said that the sinkholes started appearing around her 3.5 acre lot shortly after the earthquakes began. Earthquakes used to be unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unroll across Texas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Associated Press

Oklahoma residents whose nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want know what's causing the temblors — and what can be done about them.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Edmond, Oklahoma, Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the issue.

Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 earthquakes between January and the start of May. Though most have been too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives, they've raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing.

Thursday's meeting in Oklahoma will include the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

Other states that are addressing the same issue are Texas and Kansas.

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