Is Oil and Gas Drilling Causing Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

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Gephysicist

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 May 27, 2010
It is my understanding that the earthquakes have occurred somewhere around 10,000 feet deep. There is no oil & gas activity (drilling or injection) in that area that deep.
Marty Deming

United States

#2 May 27, 2010
This is a joke, right? He can't be serious. This is almost funny.
Marty Deming

United States

#3 May 27, 2010
This is a joke, right? He can't be serious.
eqwatcher

Tulsa, OK

#4 May 27, 2010
Kidding about what? The majority of the earthquakes are at 5KM deep.
Bluebird

Choctaw, OK

#5 May 27, 2010
What has bothered me all along, was that this is the first time that *State Geologists have mentioned the Nemaha Lift or Ridge. The quakes have been mostly occuring up and down that area. The only Maps I am able to find of this lift are on geology websites in Kansas, because the Oklahoma Geological Survey only shows the Meers Fault as a Seismic Hazard area on a map. So that this other geological feature which is tied to the 1950s quake in El Reno, was not even brought up, when the information is floating around out there in cyberspace at reputable sites, really bothered me. Its not that big of a secret. The Nemaha Lift runs from Nebraska through Kansas and Central Oklahoma and ends right about the OK and Cleveland County borders. There was even a bit of activity on that Lift in Nebraska last year according the USGS site. Could Injection Wells be Lubricating these Faults? I don't know, but, the geologic feature which is already known to be active periodically didn't need injection fluids before. And it seems to play a sort of duelling banjos with the New Madrid fault over in ARK and TN. There was even a FEMA convention talking about Nemaha and New Madrid a couple years ago. So why mention it now? Didn't our State Geologists know? And if not why?
Bluebird

Choctaw, OK

#6 May 27, 2010
Why did it take so long for State Geologists to mention the Nemaha Lift? And why doesn't the USGS page show the Nemaha Lift in addition to the Meers Fault as a Seismic Hazard?
Bluebird

Choctaw, OK

#7 May 27, 2010
It was only recently that OKLA got the equipment to gage depth. Usually it was 3.1 Mi fixed. So the depth of these quakes has been somewhat mysterious. I am sure that the added info on actual depth helps. Sorry about the double post, I thought the longer post didn't take.
Rev_Kenneth

Kirbyville, TX

#8 May 27, 2010
It is the footsteps of the illegals running from the state after the new immigration laws became law.
Sallie

Yukon, OK

#9 May 27, 2010
My parents live in Jones and so did I for 20 years. We never experienced any noticeable seismic activity until this last year. My parents have since gotten earthquake insurance on their house. They feel quakes almost daily- sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I have been there for several of them, and they are definitely nerve-racking.

I hope they are able to find a reason for this high increase in earthquakes. There has got to be some correlation somewhere. It sure would put a lot of people at peace.
Ralf The Dog

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 May 27, 2010
Jones should cash in on it. Schedule earthquake tours. I have never been in a quake. Is there a good diner I could hang out at in Jones?
Richard

Oklahoma City, OK

#11 May 27, 2010
Did anyone see the tv news magazine program about fracin rocks for natural gas in New York State? They were using benzene. One resident was even able to light up his tap water. It flamed all over and out of the sink for a second. The people there are drinking bottled water. New York state has some of the best ground water in the world, but it may be contaminated now with chemicals for fracin the rocks to release the natural gas. The news may have been on PBS. I can't remember. The man held his lighter for a few seconds about 1 inch away as the faucet was on and then it lit up. I suggest checking the chemicals in the water in Jones. By the way, oil producers never volunteer to be at fault. Investigating reporters have to risk their lives to find the answers.
SHARON

Edmond, OK

#12 May 28, 2010
Sallie wrote:
My parents live in Jones and so did I for 20 years. We never experienced any noticeable seismic activity until this last year. My parents have since gotten earthquake insurance on their house. They feel quakes almost daily- sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I have been there for several of them, and they are definitely nerve-racking.
I hope they are able to find a reason for this high increase in earthquakes. There has got to be some correlation somewhere. It sure would put a lot of people at peace.
You brought up a good point about earthquake insurance. I am sure or at least hope most people leiving in the ares where they are having this earthquake problem knows that earthquakes are not covered in their home & property insurance policies. They need to add this on to their insurance policies for damages to be covered. They just need to contact their insurance agent to have this done.

I to hope they find the reason to why this has started happening.
SHARON

Edmond, OK

#14 May 28, 2010
Agitator wrote:
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Can I sue the earthquake for damages? Maybe I can sue the state of Oklahoma for having these earthquakes?
Hello Sharon,
How are you doing? Good I hope. Have you stayed out of the storms way?
Doing good. Stayed out of the storms paths. How about you.
beezlbub

Tulsa, OK

#16 May 28, 2010
Richard wrote:
Did anyone see the tv news magazine program about fracin rocks for natural gas in New York State? They were using benzene. One resident was even able to light up his tap water. It flamed all over and out of the sink for a second. The people there are drinking bottled water. New York state has some of the best ground water in the world, but it may be contaminated now with chemicals for fracin the rocks to release the natural gas. The news may have been on PBS. I can't remember. The man held his lighter for a few seconds about 1 inch away as the faucet was on and then it lit up. I suggest checking the chemicals in the water in Jones. By the way, oil producers never volunteer to be at fault. Investigating reporters have to risk their lives to find the answers.
ManBearPig
beezlbub

Tulsa, OK

#17 May 28, 2010
Ralf The Dog wrote:
Jones should cash in on it. Schedule earthquake tours. I have never been in a quake. Is there a good diner I could hang out at in Jones?
heck yeah like them tornado tours
Obama

Lawson, MO

#18 May 28, 2010
It is Bush's fault and the oil companies everything that goes wrong is their fault.
simply me

Choctaw, OK

#19 May 28, 2010
How does this fit into Government waste, fraud and corruption? I thought the Impact Team was supposed to be taking care of our stimulus funds!
Obama

Lawson, MO

#20 May 28, 2010
simply me wrote:
How does this fit into Government waste, fraud and corruption? I thought the Impact Team was supposed to be taking care of our stimulus funds!
It is a conspiracy against me they want to blame me for this and it was Bush. Bush was the one who wasted your money with the fraudulant war and corrupt Haliburton drilling for oil and gas.

It was Bush not me don't watch me I am innocent.\/O\/
Bluebird

Choctaw, OK

#21 May 30, 2010
The comment about Fracking is important, especially in regards to the "sekrit" mixture of solvents like Benzene that are used at these sites, that show up in the water table and in well water. A house blew up in Colorado. Some farms on the Eastern Seaboard were shut down. They couldn't water either their crops or livestock with the flammable carcinogenic bug juice that came out of their wells. Joke about it now, but without accountability, we could find our Aquifers looking like the current incarnation of the Gulf of Mexico--as in one giant toxic slick. With out 19 Year Drought Cycles, that could be catastrophic for land owners, especially those in the agricultural businesses, and it would cause our land values to plumit turning large parts of this state into a Superfund site. What allows oil companies to put this secrit mixture of compounds in the ground is lovingly referred to as the Haliburton Loophole. Great for drilling companies, bad for communities. I don't mind people making good money, but when they kill residents, and businesses, then that makes what these companies are doing called *Wealth Extraction, which is a parasitic function as opposed to benefits of a regular law abiding, mindful business that contributes to a good local and state and national economy. As for quake tours, they just admitted it was the Nemaha, after all those stories where State Geologists said, "Gosh I dunno what fault line this could be ??!!??" I don't know which bothers me more, that they didn't know when the material was easily accessible online, or that they might have known, but covered it up for some unknown reason.
Jay

Helena, OK

#22 Jun 1, 2010
Earthquakes and volcanoes happening across the world, its not too unreal to imagine that when one plate shifts it causes others to do so as well.
I would like the see the correlation of the hati earthquake and oklahoma quakes.
Also, while discredited, when hundreds to thousands of 55 gallon barrels of oil is pumped OUT OF THE GROUND is there not a void left? Some say the sand sinks and fills the void, but where is this proven? Perhaps giant holes underground combined with a fault line and the entire world moving even if mere millimeters (not sure on exact)of its axis after the chili earthquake its not unreal to connect the dots and say yes the ground is unstable and moving.
We forget the world is spinning at 1,000 miles per hour (at equator) and there is a massive pool of molten lava spinning around that below us as I type.

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