Skip to comments.Quakes Caused By Waste From Gas Wells, Study Finds
Posted on 04/12/2012 7:24:19 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg
The U.S. Geological Survey will soon confirm that the oil and gas industry is creating earthquakes, and new data from the Midwest finds that these man-made quakes are happening more often than originally thought.
Earthquakes happen when faults in the Earth slip and slide against each other. There's continuous stress on innumerable faults on our continent, but seismologists like Bill Ellsworth, from the U.S. Geological Survey, started seeing something odd about 12 years ago.
"One thing we had begun to notice was that there were an unusual number of earthquakes in the middle of the country," he says, an area not known for quakes. They were small, though usually just over magnitude 3. Then, in 2009, the shaking got much more frequent.
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It’s on taxpayer funded NPR so it must be true. They speak with British accents.
Karl Rove and his weather makin’ machine.
Thank God they have found a way to keep us from getting cheap energy.
The middle of the counrty had a seismic event that made the Mississippi river run backwards to create Real Foot Lake. Maybe this expert needs to go back to school and study the 3 quakes of the New Madrid fault in 1811 and 1812. We weren’t drilling then and did I mention the Mississippi flowed backwards?
More junk science from a government “scientist”. Shouldn’t Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran be having earthquakes 24/7?
This shows the cluster where there have historically been quakes. I see that the midwest cluster has all about the same intensity, and are located where plates meet.
Fracking will be next.
Anything that reduces our dependence on foreign oil is bad and must be suppressed. Sort of like the Saudis have some say in where we drill.
Well, yeah. You suck the oil out, there’s no more lube left, and the continents go dry and grind into each other.
Just spray some WD40 down there and it’ll be fine.
the sunspot cycle activity went flat line like Rosie’s career and Oparh’s network .. it’s the earth’s crust coooling and contracting,, no wait, I thought global varming was .. no wait ..
Over to you Hurl-aldo.. for more asstute analysis
If it’s a “government” study you can bet it’s B.S.
Quake science! Seriously, when you pump stuff out of the ground, or crack rocks in an industrial scale, things are bound to shift.
So, even if this is true, why this is a big deal? Nobody has died from this. All quakes are minor. Earthquakes just sound scary, but these 3-4 Richter scale quakes are peanuts compared to real killers that happen NATURALLY!
Odd, this new seismicity map does not quite match the one I posted upthread.
They don't do any fraccing over there -- don't have to.
This is just another shot in the enviros anti-fraccing war.
Funny, though, that they've been fraccing in Texas and Oklahoma since the fifties -- but it just started showing up in 2009?
Good God Man! We can't have "facts" clouding up a Liberal Meme to stop America becoming Energy independent. Next thing you know we won't need Electric Cars and Windmills and EPA Carbon Emission standards and then were would we be....?
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