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NRC Committee Finds That Humans Are Triggering Quakes
ScienceInsider ^ | 15 June 2012 | Richard A. Kerr

Posted on 06/16/2012 6:37:10 PM PDT by neverdem

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Shake, rattle, and roll. Even gas wells, such as this experimental platform in Colorado in the 1980s, can trigger quakes, a new report finds.
Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

Pumping all manner of fluids into deep rock formations has triggered earthquakes strong enough to cause a bit of damage while seriously rattling the local populace, a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) concluded in a report released today.

Fracking for natural gas and oil, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, has been responsible for only one or two triggering episodes, the committee found. But hundreds of felt quakes in 13 states have been produced by the deep injection of wastewater from fracking and other industrial activities, as well as the creation of geothermal energy sites, the enhanced recovery of oil and gas, and even the simple extraction of oil and gas. And capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into the ground "may have potential for inducing larger seismic events," the committee found, because much larger volumes would be involved.

The committee also concluded that drillers could better anticipate and ameliorate the seismic hazards of fluid injection. The basic science is well understood, it noted, but forecasting the hazard from induced earthquakes and taking steps to minimize the risk have been frustrated by the dearth of detailed geologic and geophysical observations of specific sites.

Assessments of the risk of induced seismicity "should be undertaken before operations begin in areas with a known history of felt seismicity," the committee wrote. Such pre-injection studies have generally not been done in the past, although some new state regulations are moving in that direction. And of course, "Further research is required."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: anwr; catastrophism; energy; fracking; globalquaking; keystonexl; opec
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1 posted on 06/16/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

sorry , I had beans for dinner


2 posted on 06/16/2012 6:38:18 PM PDT by molson209
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To: neverdem
I couldn't open that link.

Well... it's probably just as well.

3 posted on 06/16/2012 6:40:56 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: neverdem

It’s probably a side-effect of liquefaction.

These people just want us to stop from using natural resources.


4 posted on 06/16/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: neverdem

If humans are triggering quakes then that is good news. Several small quakes may keep the stress from building into a large one. The bottom line is, where there is tectonism there are going to be quakes, regardless of human activity.

Besides, Gaia enjoys getting drilled, fracked, and injected.


5 posted on 06/16/2012 6:46:31 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: neverdem

6 posted on 06/16/2012 6:46:54 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: neverdem

Act quickly, EPA!!!! Oil and natural gas extraction via fracking will kill us all!!!!

The Dimw have been bleating this for some time now. Expect them and their MSM cheerleaders to continue to bang their solar powered clean energy drums against any sensible energy policy.


7 posted on 06/16/2012 6:53:31 PM PDT by citizen (Obomo blames:Arab Spring,Banks,Big Oil,Bush,Ceos,Coal,Euro Zone,FNC,Jpn Tsunami,T Party,Wall St,You)
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To: citizen

Wasn’t this idea that somehow fracking is causing earthquakes already disproved? Sounds like somebody is late ...


8 posted on 06/16/2012 7:00:18 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: neverdem
Latest in low level terrorism by the left via government grant Ho's. They've used scare tactics so much that science is no longer honored as the pinnacle of truth.
9 posted on 06/16/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Ken522

the earth is quaking , fracking right


10 posted on 06/16/2012 7:03:58 PM PDT by molson209
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To: neverdem

If our enemies (and the Arabs are our enemies) knew they were sitting on the windfall that we are, they wouldn’t let worries about earthquakes stop them from turning on the spigot. They’re not culturally suicidal like we are.


11 posted on 06/16/2012 7:11:46 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: neverdem

I’m more concerned about Guam tipping over. When are they going to address that!!?


12 posted on 06/16/2012 7:12:31 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: neverdem

‘Cause the walls start shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you -

CHORUS:

Shook me all night long
Yeah you shook me all night long

Mother Gaia and the Frackers


13 posted on 06/16/2012 7:23:50 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: neverdem

This just in: Automobiles driving on interstates are adding to wind pollution and causing hurricanes. Anyone who disagrees with the science is a moron.


14 posted on 06/16/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT by martian622 (The Revolution is being televised.)
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To: neverdem

What a biased title to this article! The first page of the executive summary says that there is a low probability that fracking will cause felt seismic events.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 7:37:20 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: HerrBlucher

Injection wells have been well documented to have caused minor earthquakes but its not known to be true of fracking.

However these “earthquakes” are about as dangerous as a heavy tuck passing on the road.


16 posted on 06/16/2012 7:38:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: neverdem
The use of any form of energy by the peasants is strictly verboten.
17 posted on 06/16/2012 8:21:24 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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18 posted on 06/16/2012 8:35:53 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 06/16/2012 8:43:51 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

It’s too dang bad we can no longer trust any science turned out with an environMENTAList agenda anymore. But we can’t. It is like anything turned out in social - ist ‘sciences’ you can know is the opposite of the findings.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 8:48:43 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: neverdem

I know the Texan guy who invented fracking. Oil and natural gas has been good to him.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 8:50:45 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: neverdem
let me get this straight, pumping millions of barrels out of the ground without replacement does NOT cause earthquakes, but replacing fluid with fluid does...
22 posted on 06/16/2012 8:57:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: martian622

Back when I was in the corporate world we had “rumble strips” in front of corporate HQ to slow traffic.

Yep, you guessed it. We could feel every car & truck that passed the front of the building.

The company makes fiber optics. The optical fiber drawing tower was on a humongous isolation damper to remove vibrations from highway traffic.

There are earthquakes and there are “earthquakes” of the environmental activist type.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 9:06:41 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: SaraJohnson
I know the Texan guy who invented fracking.

He may have invented a method of fracturing, but was not the first.

That title belongs to some guy back in the 1800s who dropped dynamite down a hole.

24 posted on 06/17/2012 2:42:21 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Ken522
This report from Fuelfix agrees with you.
25 posted on 06/17/2012 5:02:20 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Ken522
Wasn’t this idea that somehow fracking is causing earthquakes already disproved? Sounds like somebody is late ...

Isn't fracking the reason there are so many earthquakes in and around Japan?

26 posted on 06/17/2012 6:17:28 AM PDT by dearolddad
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To: Erik Latranyi

Probably the modern method used. Thanks for the info.


27 posted on 06/17/2012 7:02:51 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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29 posted on 06/17/2012 9:54:13 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: neverdem

Our home uses geothermal heating and cooling. Maybe Washington DC will fall into the Potomac River if I crank the air conditioning down low enough.

Do you think I’m close enough to them to cause a large enough ‘quake?


30 posted on 06/17/2012 10:14:25 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: neverdem

Again, I’m sorry about the ozone layer.


31 posted on 06/17/2012 12:43:07 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: neverdem

Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR) wells sparsely populated in the US do not manifest such seismic trends. The conclusions are speculation at best.


32 posted on 06/17/2012 8:08:40 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: neverdem

It’s not just fracking. It’s all the fat people walking around, putting pressure on the earth. This is why we need to ban soda.
Sincerely,
Michael Bloomberg


33 posted on 06/20/2012 4:56:09 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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