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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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!
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.
California is earthquake-prone and we don't even drill there any more.
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.
I just love how the only vehicle in the picture is pulled by horses. Great early look at what became.
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.
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
The deepest well in California was 24,426 ft.
The 7000 number was from the USGS and I will check what it was.
Thank you! You should email this statement to the USGS.
Some settling of contents may occur.
Well done. Laugh of the day, on a day when I needed it. Many thanks.
I am not crazy?
Oil well are shallower than most earthquakes.
My initial emotional reaction to this is to shout "bullshit!"
But it is also necessary to remind ourselves that science is science and politics is politics. It is the Democrats who distort science in the service of politics and we should never permit the same to be said of us. In other words, conservatism has no opinion on whether extraction of gas causes earthquakes. That is a matter for science not politics.
Conservatism can and should have very strong views about what to do about it if the report proves to be good science. Conservatism has a lot to say about making sure that the science is good and true and that the sources are credible and unbiased. But conservatism dare not prejudge the science.
If true, this might be good. Big earthquakes are the result of high levels of stress building because plates are locked to each other. If frequent small quakes are indeed caused by lubrication of plate interfaces (and this is far from clear), it could serve to prevent the big quakes that do the major damage.
These Luddites are like Jason. They just keep coming back.
Disappearing polar bears
Man made earthquakes? Jules Verne lives.
Seems there was another environmental crisis a few weeks ago requiring the surrender of our few remaining freedoms as the solution.
Well, now I’m feeling honored. :)
If fracking is safely relieving stresses that would have eventually led to a much bigger earthquake, I say, “Frack on!”.