Skip to comments.Study ties oil, gas production to Midwest earthquakes- By Whom?
Posted on 04/08/2012 5:58:34 AM PDT by Internet Walnut
Oil and gas production may explain a sharp increase in small earthquakes in the nation's midsection
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“...may explain...” is the key word combo here.
Translation: We in the MSM have no clue about anything requiring a real education, but by using the word “may”, we’ve absolved ourselves of any accusations of stupidity, naivety, or gullability. Note: those three words define liberalism (and the MSM).
There’s a big anti drilling push here in southern Michigan despite the fact that we haven’t had any earthquakes.
It has nothing to do with drilling or fracking itself, but with injecting large amounts of wastewater in deep wells - which has been a well-known earthquake cause for decades.
“may” is the liberal excuse of all things. May cure Parkinson’s, May cause global warming, May cause backlash against Muslims, etc”
I grew up in southwestern Jackson county Michigan where there have been lots of injection wells for my whole life. I never heard any complaints.
Now here at the opposite side of the county is becoming the focus of drilling, the greentards are making all kinds of false claims including lying about all the horrors of where I grew up.
The “truth” brought to you by the same “scientists” who brought you global warming.
What a crock!
Geologists and climatologists are entirely different people with different education paths.
It matters how deep the injections are, how much is injected, and whether there are any pre-existing faults that can be lubricated. Michigan probably is less faulted so it’s less likely there.
Actually I would guess that a contributing cause is that environmental regulations are requiring wastewater to be deep injected rather than simply dumped on the surface.
USGS Management: Water Injecting drilling can cause earthquakes.
NPR: Scientists have linked Fracking to earthquakes.
The primary group doing the squealing around here is Robert Kennedy’s “Waterkeepers” and they certainly aren’t above blatant lies.
Now we have some clown who once worked for the EPA telling people that the EPA is actually pro drilling and he’s here to stop them. Turns out that he’s also an attorney who specializes in zoning drilling out of existence leading to massive lawsuits that will break my little 2000 township. (the leases have already been paid for)
I should have put the /S in I guess. I was just being sarcastic about the use of bad science to prove a point or manufacture a controversy to extract research monies.
These earthquakes appear to be about as dangerous as a truck passing on the road.
According to a Cuban study... People love communism... And it may explain...
Libtards and communists know they can’t win the debate so they revert to faux studies, bogus polls, and imaginary straw men. It’s all they got.
“may explain” is the basis for a major portion of the reasoning in the textbooks by which our children are blindingly taught.
I like, “He is Risen!”
The only truly destructive human-induced earthquakes have been from reservoir-filling in China.
Deep injection of wastewater was discovered to cause earthquakes at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Arsenal near Denver in 1966, so it’s not like this was some sort of recent invention.
If it is so well-known, you should be able to easily post 2-3 links from credible sources on what you assert.
“...injecting large amounts of wastewater in deep wells - which has been a well-known earthquake cause for decades.”
Oh really? Big earthquakes? Ones that you can feel? Earthquakes that break things?
Plate tectonics was defined and accepted as the principle mechanism of ... in the mid-60’s.
I suppose THAT and the related subduction zones and plate boundary motion and strain could also be categorized as a well-known earthquake cause for decades.
Hmm, wonder which is really more important?
I’m thinking, plate tectonics.
Nothing at all controversial or unknown about earthquakes being caused by deep injection in the right places.
The real issue is the panic induced over extremely minor tremors.
Induced Earthquake Bibliography - Injection Induced Earthquake References
Where can I find data that says deepwell wastewater injection causes earthquakes? This is not “well-known” by me.
Dump it on the surface and you wouldn’t be able to use the ground water in short order. Most of your streams rivers and lakes would end up as dead zones.
Inject it back into the ground where it came from no harm done.
“It has nothing to do with drilling or fracking itself, but with injecting large amounts of wastewater in deep wells - which has been a well-known earthquake cause for decades.”
I can’t speak for all cases, but usually salt water from producing wells is injected in old depleted zones that require little or no pressure to inject. The idea is to keep the cost down and if you have to inject under pressure it cost a lot more because it requires horsepower.
I have my doubts as to whether deposal or fracking will cause more than very minor earthquakes, but if so fracking would be more likely since the whole idea is to create fractures in the rock and large volumes of water are injected under high pressure in a short period of time.
A bad burrito last night MAY have resulted in seismic activity this morning. This has about as much validity as many of the theories posed here.
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