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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

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Joyce

Sherwood, AR

#64813 Apr 11, 2014
Zane wrote:
-The Artist-
A term used by lazy rats or people with inflated egos to explain why they don't have a real job/life/friends. These people often are not willing to learn or try new things, insisting that they already have all the skills they need to be great. These people make no contributions to larger society whatsoever and are a general pest. You can find some of them at art galleries making bombastic or inflated statements about the art there instead of getting outside and curing polio or teaching people.
""Henry dropped out of community college and hasn't bathed or cleaned his apartment in weeks because he's an "artist" and doesn't understand why people won't buy paintings from his "Sh!t on a Canvas" series."""
Packing Heat's twin.
Maddy

Sherwood, AR

#64814 Apr 11, 2014
Republicans like mommy, they are smarties; and know what is good for themselves, and like to screw over others..
Misty

Sherwood, AR

#64815 Apr 11, 2014
Will Rogers said before the republicans repaired his aeroplane:

"I never found a republican that I liked."
Helen

Sherwood, AR

#64816 Apr 11, 2014
Republicans are such JERKS.
Dr Jones

Sherwood, AR

#64817 Apr 11, 2014
Ohio Geologists Link Small Quakes to Fracking
COLUMBUS, Ohio April 11, 2014 (AP)
By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press
Associated Press
Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link "probable."

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors in the region have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. The five seismic events in March couldn't be easily felt by people.

The oil and gas drilling boom targets widely different rock formations around the nation, so the Ohio findings may not have much relevance to other areas other than perhaps influencing public perception of fracking's safety. The types of quakes connected to the industry are generally small and not easily felt, but the idea of human activity causing the earth to shake often doesn't sit well.

The state says the company that set off the Ohio quakes was following rules and appeared to be using common practices. It just got unlucky, Simmers said.

Gerry Baker, associate executive director of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission, said state regulators across the nation will study the Ohio case for any implications for the drilling industry. A consortium of states has already begun discussions.

Fracking involves pumping huge volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rocks to allow oil and gas to flow. Improved technology has allowed energy companies to gain access to huge stores of natural gas but has raised widespread concerns that it might lead to groundwater contamination and, yes, earthquakes.

A U.S. government-funded report released in 2012 found that two worldwide instances of shaking can be attributed to actual extraction of oil and gas, as opposed to wastewater disposal in the ground a magnitude-2.8 quake in Oklahoma and a magnitude-2.3 quake in England. Both were in 2011.

Later, the Canadian government tied quakes in British Columbia's Horn River Basin between 2009 and 2011 to fracking. Those led to stricter regulations, which news reports indicated had little effect on the pace or volume of drilling.

But for the region encompassing Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where energy companies have drilled thousands of unconventional gas wells in recent years, it's a first. The Utica Shale lies beneath the better-known Marcellus Shale, which is more easily accessible and is considered one of the world's richest gas reserves.

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a seismologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, confirmed the finding is the first in the area to suggest a connection between the quakes and fracking. A deep-injection wastewater well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in 2012.
Maddy

Sherwood, AR

#64818 Apr 11, 2014
Ohio regulators halt fracking site, drawing link to quakes
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A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, Calif.
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A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, Calif.
State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, last month has found the high-pressure injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link "probable."

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. Five seismic events in March were all part of what was considered a single event and couldn't be easily felt by people.

The state's new permit conditions are perhaps the most cautious yet put in place in the nation, he said.

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a seismologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, confirmed the finding is the first in the region to suggest a connection between the quakes and the actual extraction of oil and gas, as opposed to wastewater disposal. A deep-injection well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in the same region of Ohio in 2012.

Under the new permit conditions, all new drilling sites in Ohio within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn't reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily.

If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.

"While we can never be 100 percent sure that drilling activities are connected to a seismic event, caution dictates that we take these new steps to protect human health, safety and the environment," said James Zehringer, director of Ohio's natural resources department.

Ohio has also imposed an indefinite drilling moratorium at the site of the March quakes. The state is allowing oil and gas extraction to continue at five existing wells at the site.

The Utica Shale lies beneath the better-known Marcellus Shale, where energy companies have drilled thousands of unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia in recent years.

The Marcellus is considered to be one of the richest natural gas reserves in the world. Drillers have only recently begun to tap into the deeper Utica.

--By The Associated Press
Maddy

Sherwood, AR

#64819 Apr 11, 2014
Ohio links fracking to earthquakes, announces tougher rules
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State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are...

State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

NEW YORK (Reuters)- Recent small earthquakes in Ohio were likely triggered by fracking, state regulators said on Friday, a new link that could have implications for oil and gas drilling in the Buckeye State and beyond.

In the strongest wording yet from the state linking energy drilling and quakes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas may have produced tremors in Poland Township last month.

The statement, in which the department announced stricter rules for oil and gas exploration in areas where seismic activity has occurred, comes after a steep rise in earthquakes in Ohio and other areas where intense drilling has taken place.

Most earthquakes occur naturally, but scientists have long linked some smaller tremors to oil and gas work underground, which can alter pressure points and cause shifts in the earth.

Last month, drilling and fracking was suspended near the site of two earthquakes in Poland Township in the northeast of the state, 70 miles southeast of Cleveland, the first of which was magnitude 3.0, enough to be felt for miles around.

Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma last weekend, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.

"Regarding the seismic events in Poland Township, ODNR geologists believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area," ODNR said in a statement.

Friday's statement could have impacts not just for a state where a drilling boom is under way, but in other regions where concerns have emerged about the impact of fracking on fault lines. The new rules require a company to install seismic monitors if it is drilling within three miles of a known fault or an area which has recently experienced quakes, the ODNR said. It is unclear how much drilling will be affected by the new rules.

Hilcorp Energy, the company that was drilling near the quakes in Poland Township in March, cannot resume operations until it submits a new plan convincing regulators that drilling is safe, an agency spokesman said. Hilcorp was not immediately available to comment.
Maddy

Sherwood, AR

#64820 Apr 11, 2014
The department had not previously linked earthquakes to fracking, which involves fracturing rock by creating a series of small blasts thousands of feet below the surface, but the new data gave it "reasonable certainty" that fracking was the cause, the agency spokesman said.

"It is significant that they have acknowledged that there is a connection between fracking and earthquakes," said Ray Beiersdorfer, professor of geology at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

The disposal of drilling wastewater in rockbed deep underground has been linked by geologists to earthquakes, sucah as the 4.0 magnitude one experienced on New Year's Eve 2011 in Youngstown, but opinion is divided about whether fracking itself can cause quakes, and if it can trigger more than just small tremors.

While there are concerns about the environmental impact of injecting chemical-laced water into the ground, including on freshwater supplies, they are spreading to include the effect on fault lines than run beneath the surface, often undetected.

Worries surrounding seismic activity emerged in Ohio in 2011 when a spate of small quakes followed the beginning of intensive drilling in the Utica shale. More than 800 wells have been drilled in the Ohio portions of the Utica and the Marcellus shales, two major gas deposits that have helped transform the U.S. energy market. Once a regular importer of gas from overseas, the United States is set to export gas for the first time to countries across the globe.

"The steps announced today to protect communities from seismic events are reasonable precautions," said Scott Anderson, a policy advisor at the Environmental Defense Fund. "Although there is much uncertainty regarding what causes earthquakes ... the state's decisive action is based on the best information available."
Lisa

Sherwood, AR

#64821 Apr 11, 2014
Quakes in Okieville

Magnitude: 2.8
Location: 6km SE of Perry, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:45:23 GMT

Magnitude: 2.6
Location: 6km S of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:09:00 GMT

Magnitude: 2.6
Location: 5km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:35:53 GMT

Magnitude: 3
Location: 2km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:17:50 GMT

Over 100 quakes this month of April.

What have the republicans of Oklahoma did about this--

--GET RID OF THEM--

---LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY---
Ace

Sherwood, AR

#64822 Apr 11, 2014
If repugthugs are just going to sit on their azzes and do nothing, then elect

a new bunch of FOOLS.
DoesntMatter

Cushing, OK

#64823 Apr 11, 2014
I assume you invest as much time in contacting people that can actually do something about it as you do posting these things over and over on this board ?
You are a Tool

Altus, OK

#64824 Apr 11, 2014
Lisa wrote:
Quakes in Okieville
Magnitude: 2.8
Location: 6km SE of Perry, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:45:23 GMT
Magnitude: 2.6
Location: 6km S of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:09:00 GMT
Magnitude: 2.6
Location: 5km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:35:53 GMT
Magnitude: 3
Location: 2km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma
Time:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:17:50 GMT
Over 100 quakes this month of April.
What have the republicans of Oklahoma did about this--
--GET RID OF THEM--
---LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY---
What are they supposed to do? Can you prevent an earthquake, wise one? Well fracturing may not be causing the 'quakes; however, if it is, I assume you and all the other Democrats are going to refuse to use gas to heat your home, dry your clothes, heat your food on the stove or in the oven, and quit driving a vehicle? Hope your flintstone car can still be pedalled by your lazy self.
Agnostic

Oklahoma City, OK

#64826 Apr 11, 2014
Proof that Obamacare is working:

Mina, Arkansas before had a free clinic that ran 300 people a month...

After January it had trickled down to less than 20 people that month..

A couple of weeks ago it tickled down to 8 people..

This week they had 2 people come in...

So they have decided to close....

Now they should come to Oklahoma.....

Oklahomans are leaving their working poor with nothing...

Yes that free clinic should open in Oklahoma..

Cause in Oklahoma, it's politics before people....
Jesse

Conway, AR

#64827 Apr 11, 2014
NEWS

Home Inspector Offers Tips For Spotting Earthquake Damage

Posted: Apr 11, 2014 6:03 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 11, 2014 6:03 PM CDT


Oftentimes after earthquakes, most people generally check for cracks in their walls or brick, but structural engineers say another place you could look at are your doors, to test how easily they close.
Oftentimes after earthquakes, most people generally check for cracks in their walls or brick, but structural engineers say another place you could look at are your doors, to test how easily they close.

Some of its cracks in the brick match up to the type of minor damage you'd see to a home after an earthquake.
Some of its cracks in the brick match up to the type of minor damage you'd see to a home after an earthquake.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Many homeowners are still rattled by all the recent earthquakes we've been having, but trying to pinpoint areas of damage on your home isn't always easy.
Oftentimes after earthquakes, most people generally check for cracks in their walls or brick, but structural engineers say another place you could look at are your doors, to test how easily they close, because if they are tighter, that indicates your home could have shifted.

"If we have any earthquake movement, generally it depends on how the structure moves. We will have some cracks that may appear between some windows on a two-story, where brick ties have broken loose and moved," said Jim Gendill of Anasazi Engineering. "Any opening in a wall is a weak point and subject to stress which results in cracking."

Gendill has been a licensed engineer since 1982 and one of the few with his level of expertise who inspects homes. One home Gendill recently inspected was built in 1915. It was the very first home in its neighborhood on NW 49th St. and Lee Ave. and has its fair share of wear and tear.

Some of its cracks in the brick match up to the type of minor damage you'd see to a home after an earthquake.

4/10/2014 Related Story: Earthquakes Can't Shake Edmond Home Sales

"Vertical cracks are usually an indication of flexure on the wall, some type of movement, and an earthquake can generate that kind of movement, leaving cracks above and below the window and above doorways," Gendill said.

"But when there's a diagonal crack, then you look to see if it is wider at one end and tapers off. Then look at the direction and that will tell you the movement or displacement of the wall and where it failed in foundation."

There has been so much earthquake movement lately that many fear their ceiling fans and lamps could come crashing down during a major quake. But Gendill says those fixtures should already be secured in the ceiling joints.

"It's safe there, and the only way it's going to end up in your bed is if your whole ceiling comes down."

And though engineers use all the gadgets, like floor registers, to check temperature or a marble to check the slope, Gendill says it would have to take a pretty big earthquake to create major damage to your home.

"When it all comes down to it, materials like brick often crack and have stair-step cracks, and most people will diagnose that as settlement," he said. "But you have to look at how the damage was formed to determine whether or not it was caused by structural movement or just thermal expansion of the brick."

Inspectors with the Oklahoma Residential & Commercial Inspection Association will meet Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral off I-240 and Western to discuss better identifying earthquake damage.
TAMARA

Edmond, OK

#64828 Apr 11, 2014
Agnostic wrote:
Proof that Obamacare is working:
Mina, Arkansas before had a free clinic that ran 300 people a month...
After January it had trickled down to less than 20 people that month..
A couple of weeks ago it tickled down to 8 people..
This week they had 2 people come in...
So they have decided to close....
Now they should come to Oklahoma.....
Oklahomans are leaving their working poor with nothing...
Yes that free clinic should open in Oklahoma..
Cause in Oklahoma, it's politics before people....
Exactly where is the proof? Is there a web to go to?
Lonnie

Conway, AR

#64829 Apr 11, 2014
And why does nobody speak about who one of the largest shareholders in Fox is... A Saudi Prince!!!!!!
Tio

Conway, AR

#64830 Apr 11, 2014
"Us pore whi' folks always be getting picked on."
It's sad to see how ignorant "those people" are about how people of color are treated in this country. Even by other people of color.

Whiney white people are truly objects of pity and derision.
Jenks

Conway, AR

#64831 Apr 11, 2014
Who's fault is it that Republicans are INSANE.
Mandy

Conway, AR

#64832 Apr 11, 2014
I just did some further research and did anyone know that the current crop of Kochs were cousins to the Nazi SS Commandant of two of the most detestable extermination camps in Europe? Their Daddy also did business with the Nazis in Europe during the 30's, selling them oil and was therefore banned from doing business in the U. S. That was lifted when the war started and the U. S. needed all the oil it could get.

Then, Daddy and Mommy were founders of the John Birch Society, and have advocated the overthrow of the U. S. Constitutional Republic and the establishment of a fascist, atheist government controlled by, no surprise here, The Kochs and their neocon super wealthy friends. One of them gave a speech stating how great Benito Mussolini was in fighting Communists so they sort of pushed to the side all the millions of Jews, political enemies, and Italians he killed.

The current crop also are members and supporters of Leo Strauss, the neocon monster who founded the movement at the University of Chicago who advocated everyone being atheists (I wonder how the Bible Thumpers would feel about that?), and that they should be willing to lie, twist distort, steal, murder or do whatever they needed to gain all the wealth of the country so they COULD TAKE IT OVER.

The Tea Party was founded and established with Koch money, and their philosophy is a fascist government, atheism, and essentially the Kochs being Emperors of a fascist government. The fools and then they run amuck with attempts to pass these laws based on "religion".
jesse

Conway, AR

#64833 Apr 11, 2014
The RW has become so lunatic over their "second 'mendment riiights" they wants guns in the womb! "From the moment of conception" as soon as that egg is fertilized they want it packin' heat! IT's going to be a lot smaller than those crickett rifles they flog to 5 year olds.... Mama's got 2 guns..."one fer me an' one fer the chile in ma belly" YEEE HAAAW...now what time is Duck Dynasty on?? Good grief," from the moment of conception" it will be "standing it's ground" before maw and paw even finish copulating...

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