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Quakes Caused By Waste From Gas Wells, Study Finds
NPR.org ^ | April 11, 2012 | Christopher Joyce

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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Seriously? First its Man-Made Global Warming now its Man-Made Earthquakes. What's Next Man-Made Solar Flares?
1 posted on 04/12/2012 7:24:24 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg
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To: Mad Dawgg

NPR=NO CREDIBILITY!


2 posted on 04/12/2012 7:28:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Mad Dawgg
That 8.6 quake off Indonesia a couple of days ago must've been caused by a very big well.

/sarc

3 posted on 04/12/2012 7:29:22 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Mad Dawgg

It’s on taxpayer funded NPR so it must be true. They speak with British accents.


4 posted on 04/12/2012 7:29:34 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Karl Rove and his weather makin’ machine.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 7:30:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thank God they have found a way to keep us from getting cheap energy.


6 posted on 04/12/2012 7:31:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Well Bloomberg had it also but Bloomberg is persona non gratis here on FR
7 posted on 04/12/2012 7:31:43 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

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?


8 posted on 04/12/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

More junk science from a government “scientist”. Shouldn’t Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran be having earthquakes 24/7?


9 posted on 04/12/2012 7:33:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is like a stool sample. You have to pass it to find out what's in it.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Geez


10 posted on 04/12/2012 7:33:47 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Mad Dawgg

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/seismicity/

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.


11 posted on 04/12/2012 7:35:35 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Mad Dawgg

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.


12 posted on 04/12/2012 7:35:48 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Mad Dawgg

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


13 posted on 04/12/2012 7:35:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Mad Dawgg

If it’s a “government” study you can bet it’s B.S.


14 posted on 04/12/2012 7:36:06 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: thackney; steelyourfaith

Ping.


15 posted on 04/12/2012 7:37:07 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mad Dawgg

16 posted on 04/12/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

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!


17 posted on 04/12/2012 7:37:21 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Mad Dawgg

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46981365/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/study-ties-oil-gas-production-midwest-quakes/

Odd, this new seismicity map does not quite match the one I posted upthread.


18 posted on 04/12/2012 7:38:19 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Shouldn’t Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran be having earthquakes 24/7?

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?

19 posted on 04/12/2012 7:38:24 PM PDT by okie01
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To: DocRock
"Maybe this expert needs to go back to school and study the 3 quakes of the New Madrid fault..."

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....?

20 posted on 04/12/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: sagar

In fact, you could make the case that the smaller quakes are relieving pressure that otherwise would build up and eventually cause a massive earthquake.


21 posted on 04/12/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

[[Thank God they have found a way to keep us from getting cheap energy.]]

Absolutely! I was worried I mgith actually be able to afford to fill my gas tank and drive soemwhere someday- I’m relieved to find out that due to ‘man-caused earthquakes’ that that won’t be haqppenign any time soon


22 posted on 04/12/2012 7:40:33 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Mad Dawgg

If anything, these tiny earthquakes relieve pressure on existing fault lines and can only make us safer.


23 posted on 04/12/2012 7:40:53 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Probably Obama’s Arab pals have told him that he needs to stop the fracking, NOW! They’ve been looking for excuses. So, they offered this guy a nice fat promotion.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 7:40:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“Some settling of contents may occur”.


25 posted on 04/12/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: denydenydeny

Every time I drive by a gas station, the price is higher.

WE ARE SO SCREWED!


26 posted on 04/12/2012 7:42:44 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Mad Dawgg

>> “Well Bloomberg had it also” <<

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Similar credibility level


27 posted on 04/12/2012 7:42:44 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Pish posh!
Chuck Norris visits God’s Country—the middle states—as often as he can.
Chuck is so scary the makes the Earth shake. He can’t help it.
He can point a attractive women and say, “Booyah!” and the Earth moves.
He works out every few minutes to keep his heart rate down to one pulse a day, and his push-up routine actually pushes the Earth away from him. and then he pulls it back.
This is to be expected. No worries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7uw5zCp-Dc


28 posted on 04/12/2012 7:42:59 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: sagar

[[So, even if this is true, why this is a big deal?]]

Do you realizze how many prariedogs have hadf to go into therapy because of ‘man-caused earthquakes’? Have you no feelings for groundwellers?


29 posted on 04/12/2012 7:43:52 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Mad Dawgg

It’s not the fracking that is causing the quakes. It is the injection of water that is recovered after the fracking into disposal wells. They pick some deep sand layer below all of the aquifers and just pump it in.

It takes about one million gallons of water to frack a well.


30 posted on 04/12/2012 7:46:24 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: editor-surveyor
"Similar credibility level"

Oh no I'm not saying the story is credible because Bloomberg has it. I think it is a load of BullSHIT for sure. I was saying its on way more than NPR. AP has it Fox News Bloomberg. etc.

It looks like someone is setting the stage for the Gub'Ment to put a moratorium on Fracking. I bet Obama has an Executive Order all typed up ready to go waiting on a big MidWest Earthquake to happen so he can ride in and grab the thunder!

31 posted on 04/12/2012 7:46:45 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Every oil well is a lance through Mother Gaia’s heart.

STOP THE MADNESS! d;^)


32 posted on 04/12/2012 7:49:32 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: DocRock
1%'er Cro-Magnon Men in SUVs hunting wooly mammoths also caused the end of the last glacial period... and the extinction of the saber tooth tiger.

99%'er Neanderthals finally forced the idea of "government" in order to spread the wealth around.

33 posted on 04/12/2012 7:50:13 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

So I guess Obamster the hamster will pump out strategic oil reserves back into the ground to prevent “earthquakes.”


34 posted on 04/12/2012 7:50:35 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

If “ - - - The U.S. Geological Survey will soon confirm that the oil and gas industry is creating earthquakes - - - ,” then WERE IS THE CAUSE AND EFFECT?

WHAT OBJECTIVE TESTS WERE PERFORMED?

ESCAPE THE POP-CULTURE, JUNK SCIENCE of the False Claims of Global Warming!

BE SCIENTIFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 04/12/2012 7:54:44 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: tumblindice

I heard that Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.


36 posted on 04/12/2012 7:57:12 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Mad Dawgg

Where would we be? Up a river without a paddle, that’s where. But wait, if it’s a big enough quake the river could flow backwards and then we would be right back where we started... (my brain hurts thinking of the possibilities! )


37 posted on 04/12/2012 7:59:54 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“The U.S. Geological Survey will soon confirm that the oil and gas industry is creating earthquakes....”

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Very convenient.

Will oil companies confirm these findings?


38 posted on 04/12/2012 8:01:27 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Mad Dawgg

You mean we now have a way to eliminate all the pent up energy on our own time schedule? this is better than sliced bread.


39 posted on 04/12/2012 8:02:51 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: DBrow

What is the “Midwest” to them? Arkansas and Missouri have small quakes relatively frequently. I notice Pennsylvania has escaped the dreaded 3.0 quake.


40 posted on 04/12/2012 8:03:50 PM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Fracking causes earthquakes? Bunkum. I lived in the 4 Corners area where there are thosuands of gas wells and around the Woodward OK area. Don.t remember any e-quakes there!


41 posted on 04/12/2012 8:04:23 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Mad Dawgg
What a load of crap. Poking 8" holes in the ground is going to cause a geological plate shift?

Don't these assholes ever look at history. This is a shot of Beaumont, TX in 1903.

If drilling caused earthquakes, TX would have slid into the ocean 100 years ago; and Oklahoma and Louisiana would be giant sink holes.

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California is earthquake-prone and we don't even drill there any more.

42 posted on 04/12/2012 8:07:33 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Clay Moore

1 million gallon of water to frac one well? I’ve been around many a well frac job and they sure as heck didn’t have 150 frac tanks sitting on the site. Maybe need to revisit your 1 million gallon statement.


43 posted on 04/12/2012 8:07:54 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Cobra64

I just love how the only vehicle in the picture is pulled by horses. Great early look at what became.


44 posted on 04/12/2012 8:12:13 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
let me get this straight... gas replaced with water causes quakes, but oil pumped out leaving a VOID does not???

please

45 posted on 04/12/2012 8:13:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

If you recall that allegation was made following the last regional quake. Everyone wanted to blame Bush and the evil Americans for all that death and damage and oil was their mechanism.


46 posted on 04/12/2012 8:15:22 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Mad Dawgg

The first oil well in United States is drilled in 1859 at Titusville, Pennsylvania. As we all know before 1859 there were no earth quakes in North America.

Shallow earthquake are less than 70km 43 miles.
Deep oil well run over 7000 ft


47 posted on 04/12/2012 8:20:26 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: Mad Dawgg
What is causing the rest of the universe to heat up and go through what it is going through right now? It's not man it's the sun and everything in-between that is causing all the gyration in our solar system.
48 posted on 04/12/2012 8:26:58 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: Mad Dawgg
BULLSHIT!!
49 posted on 04/12/2012 8:28:00 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: ThomasThomas

The deepest well in California was 24,426 ft.

The 7000 number was from the USGS and I will check what it was.


50 posted on 04/12/2012 8:29:08 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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