Skip to comments.TODAY'S TAKEAWAY: PRESS LOSES ITS HEAD OVER REPORT LINKING EARTHQUAKES AND WASTEWATER WELLS
Posted on 07/12/2013 3:19:56 PM PDT by neverdem
If you want to see how the press acts like a bunch of hysterical ninnies, just look at the way an article in Science about earthquakes and underground wastewater storage pools has been distorted into a national alarm about fracking.
By the time you read this, you will have already read the headline somewhere: "Scientists Say Fracking Causing Earthquakes." Here's what actually happened.
This week Science has published two articles relating earthquakes to energy development. One is by Nicholas van der Elst of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Laboratory in Palisades, NY. The other is by Emily Brodsky at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The van der Elst article says the following. When major earthquakes occur in other parts of the world, they are found to cause TREMORS in geological repositories where wastewater is being stored from oil and gas well and other such operations. These tremors are small and often barely detectable. They actually occur all the time as the result of distant quakes around the world. But van der Elst says that they have increased in recent years as the wastewater disposal sites have grown.
The study particularly singles out sites in Oklahoma where there are large wastewater repositories from oil and...
Now let's look at some of the headlines that have resulted from this report:
"Fracking and energy exploration connected to earthquakes, Say Studies." (NBCNEws)
"Fracking may leave fault lines vulnerable to earthquakes" (Telegraph)
"Fracking Linked to Earthquakes, study finds." (The Raw Story)
"New Study Claims Fracking Leads to More Earthquakes" (AtlanticWire)
"Study: Fracking Sites Vulnerable to Quakes Occurring Thousands of Miles Away" (Wired)
"Distant Earthquakes Linked to Problems at Fracking Sites Closer to Home" (AllGov)
"Fracking Wastewater Disposal Linked to Remotely Triggered Quakes" (National Geographic)
"Confirmed: Fracking Triggers Quakes and Seismic Chaos" (Mother Jones)...
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearenergy.org ...
It is a public service the frakers are providing. Releasing the tension on the faults with a small earthquake so it doesn’t build up until there’s a BIG quake.
Frack Away! Here in NEPA we are providing clean energy and our tax base has exploded. So there.
What the frack are they talking about?
Everyone knows that not making sacrifices to the gods causes earthquakes!
I think the waste water earthquake connection was first made at Dugway, where they tried disposing of nerve gas contaminated water in deep high pressure wells.
Well damn! Who would have thought that would ever work out nicely?
Reminds me of friends in So Ill,. telling how everyone drilled into the old shallow underground coal mines and just pumped their poop right on in, no cost for expensive septic systems, with never a second thought.
The local water was remarkably tasty I remarked, as I headed to HomoDepot for a big case of bottled water for the rest of my visit.
They were just doing what they were ordered and paid to do.
North Dakota is a fracking hotspot. Doggone it, where are our earthquakes???
Hey! Ten dollar gas is cheaper than finding virgins nowadays...(more unintended consequences of moral decline)
Oh. Well, we have wastewater injection wells, too, but danged low seismicity.
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