Fracking Result: USGS issues 'damagin...

Fracking Result: USGS issues 'damaging earthquake' advisory for Oklahoma

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Since: Apr 12

Grand Rapids, MN

#1 May 6, 2014
In a joint release, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey are warning advising that the increase of earthquakes above 3.0 on the Richter Scale since October last year has raised the possibility of a "damaging" quake of 5.0 magnitude or higher in central Oklahoma. Possible cause: injection of wastewater associated with hydraulic fracturing ("fracking') of tight rock formations to pry out oil and gas.

[T]he agencies reported that 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred in Oklahoma from October 2013 through April 14, 2014. This compares with a long-term average from 1978 to 2008 of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes per year. As a result of the increased number of small and moderate shocks, the likelihood of future, damaging earthquakes has increased for central and north-central Oklahoma.[...]

The joint statement indicates that a likely contributing factor to the increase in earthquakes is wastewater disposal by injection into deep geologic formations. The water injection can increase underground pressures, lubricate faults and cause earthquakes – a process known as injection-induced seismicity. Much of this wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is routinely disposed of by injection into wells specifically designed and approved for this purpose. The recent earthquake rate changes are not due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates.

More large earthquakes than Oklahoma has experienced in the past have been traced since 2009. In 2011, the epicenter of the second-largest Oklahoma quake in recorded history—5.6—occurred near Prague, a town of about 2,200.

Like just about every criticism of the oil and gas industry, the very idea of quakes being caused by fracking or wastewater injection related to it has been widely ridiculed by flacks and shills. Less than five years ago, nearly anybody who even suggested it got laughed out of the room. It's getting new attention now. As well it should given that there are, according to a tally by the Environmental Protection Agency, 144,000 injection wells throughout the nation. At the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America last week, after an all-day session looking at research into "Induced Seismicity," scientists called for more investigation into connections between fracking wastewater disposal and earthquakes.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 6, 2014
Them Okies and republicans sheeple don't give hoot about science or even the health of their families and themselves,they only care about making profits for their owners(Bosses) and they have been brainwashed to believe that they will get some crumbs,and that science is a hoax. and that's a easy task for the Koch bros. because they know that their sheeple is educated by design.
Capt Crunch

Sedona, AZ

#3 May 6, 2014
Nonsense !! Everyone knows that th increase in earthquake activity I due to Global Warming. Read a book. Study the scientific papers. Just smarten up.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 6, 2014
What book would that be? you have no clue yourself,you're still stuck on Green Eggs and Spam.
Monica beats Hillary

Minneapolis, MN

#5 May 7, 2014
Fracking ain't deep enough t cause an earthquake.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#6 May 8, 2014
Apparently it is deep enough because it is causing earthquakes.

Is English your second language, by the way?

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#7 May 10, 2014
Yet another example of Republican ignorance of science.
Capt Crunch

Sedona, AZ

#8 May 10, 2014
griddy wrote:
Yet another example of Republican ignorance of science.
Another example of liberal lying scare tactics.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 10, 2014
Capt Crunch wrote:
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Another example of liberal lying scare tactics.
Why don't they run that fracking pipeline through Arizona since it's next door to Texas and it's mostly waste land of sand and rock and you don't have any fresh water lanks or riv`ers anyway that would be the smart thing to do.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#10 May 10, 2014
wouldn't "lubricating" these faults so they slip and have minor temblors be better than letting them go till they have big ones?

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#11 May 10, 2014
redeemer wrote:
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Why don't they run that fracking pipeline through Arizona since it's next door to Texas and it's mostly waste land of sand and rock and you don't have any fresh water lanks or riv`ers anyway that would be the smart thing to do.
what fracking pipeline?!? you are so stupid you don't know what the frack you are talking about...
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 10, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>what fracking pipeline?!? you are so stupid you don't know what the frack you are talking about...
Ooooh com`e on woodtick whats so wrong with my suggestion? wouldn't it be better for the oil pipeline to go through Arizona were there is less people and less freshwater lakes and rivers then the Dakotas or nebraska for the wealth of the Koch bros? and I thought that you were content on the Orlando Forum with your nonsense,and I knew that you are stupid but I never said it out loud !
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 16, 2014
Energy department fracking study finds no water pollution from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

http://www.twincities.com/nation/ci_26544773/...

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