Skip to comments.Did 'fracking' play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know
Posted on 03/19/2014 12:36:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to look into whether hydraulic fracturing and other forms of oil and gas well stimulation played any role in the earthquake that rattled the city early Monday morning.
The motion, presented Tuesday by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin and seconded by Councilman Bernard Parks, asks for city departments to team up with the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to report back on the likelihood that such activities contributed to the 4.4-magnitude quake.
Earlier this year, the council voted to draft rules that would bar hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as fracking, acidizing and other kinds of well stimulation in Los Angeles until council members felt sure that Angelenos and the water they drink were safe from their effects. The risk of triggering earthquakes was among the dangers cited by Bonin and Koretz, who championed the move.
All high-pressure fracking and injection creates seismic events, the motion states. It added, Active oil extraction activities are reportedly taking place on the Veterans Administration grounds in West Los Angeles, nearby the epicenter of the Monday quake.
"It is crucial to the health and safety of the City's residents to understand the seismic impacts of oil and gas extraction activities in the City," the motion said. Environmental activists have pointed to swarms of earthquakes in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ohio as evidence of the risk. Oil and gas companies counter that fracking and other technologies used to coax oil and gas from wells are safe, and have opposed the push to ban the methods inside L.A. city limits.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Jesus cannot come soon enough.
Better to be safe, don’t want LA to tip into the ocean.
We all know that prior to fracking, LA never experienced any seismic activity.
Fracking? No. It was Guam tipping over.
As if it never happened before fracking
Is there any ‘fracking’ even going on in SoCal?.........................
No but cracking did!
I lived there for about two and half years and small earthquakes that rattled the furniture were quite common there and this was back in the 80,s.
Councilmen Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin and Bernard Parks are retarded.
We need a full investigation.
What caused the earthquakes before ‘fraking’?
I heard this last night watching our local news and just busted out laughing..an earthquake happens and THIS is what they actually believe..freaks of nature
Never mind that the culprits in those cases are wastewater disposal injection wells.
CA has had MANY earthquakes. It is, after all, on a dangerous default line.
Most of these, including the biggest one EVER happened before fracking was invented.
Liberalism is a huge and scary mental disorder.
We are stuck in frickin' 1984 and Orwell is somewhere laughing his butt off, while General Pierre of Katrina fame is still shaking his head and muttering "stuck on stupid."
no it didn’t
It was global fracking. We have proof, but we can’t show it to you.
The scare tactics these clowns use are boundless.
Here locally (Southern MI.) they were telling people that injecting water 1500 into the ground could trigger massive flash steam explosions. I did a little research and found that the average temperature of the rock at that depth here is in the 70 degree range.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.