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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There is no way to stop earthquakes. If we didn’t have earthquakes we would not have any dry land, only water.
Where the heck did you get THAT number for water????
A few years back we had a swarm of over 2500 earthquakes in my neighborhood over the span of a few short months. Nobody drills for anything around here but maybe a few water wells.
It’s just a sign of the times. A lot more scarier things are going to be happening, in the sun moon and stars. The waves are going to go crazy too. That’s just life.
So in other words, drilling for gas and oil is relieving stress along faults by causing small quakes rather than letting the forces build up until a single, massive quake occurs. Awesome!
Drill, baby, drill!
I have a bunch of liberal friends. A little while back, they were going on about the horrors of fracking. It is their new fear. It was surreal.
Just because there are quakes that these folks are registering for the ‘first time’, doesn’t mean they never happened before.
This “the sky is falling” article is for those who never took courses in natural science or mechanical or structural engineering. It’s to scare weak minded people to come in line with governmental brain washing to promote green energy.
Stop and think; how much pressure does it take to actually lift a column of solid rock that is a mile and a half deep and is attached to the surrounding strata itself 1 mm?
Well, I won’t get into mathematics but I will tell you that no machine made by man can do it...and never will.
How much water is used?
The amount of water necessary to successfully stimulate production in a gas well varies greatly. It primarily depends on the type of well drilled - horizontal or vertical - and the depth of the formation to be stimulated - shallow or deep. The deeper shale formations in the northeastern U.S. can use over four million gallons of water. Shallower, vertical wells typically will require much less water, about 100 thousand gallons or so, to complete the stimulation.
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What about Water Usage?
It is not unusual for a typical deep shale gas well stimulation to require between 2 million and 4 million gallons of water. These numbers are significant, but they are small relative to the amount of water continually required to generate power from other energy sources.
AS the spotted owls and salamanders die off, the ground erupts out of sadness. Gaia is unhappy.....
Thanks thackney! I stand corrected and totally amazed.
In the Eagle Ford field in South Texas, the water use is even higher.
Chesapeake AVERAGES 4.8 million gallons of water to hydraulic Fracture each well.
As massive as that may sound, all of the wells together are only a couple percentage points of the areas total water usage. Most people don’t understand just how much water our population actually uses.
Just wondering....do those numbers take into account the RE-USE of water?
Study? People don’t know how to do a study anymore. They have become illiterate and lack any logical reasoning skills. They start with the conclusion they want and back their “study” into it.
In most vases the water is not reused. Typically the water is mixed with sand and a relatively small amount of chemicals like biocide. After it injected the removed from the petroleum reservoir, most dispose of it in a deep injection well.
Some are startiing to clean it up enough for another frack job but most don’t due to greater expense.
Your 24,426 feet is 7.4 KM (4.6 Mi). That’s about a tenth of your “shallow earthquake” depth.
A massive 25.3 earthquake is triggered in the Mid West by greedy oil companies inflicting harm on Mother Earth by drilling for their dirty oil.
The entire country between California and the Eastern Seaboard is destroyed, leaving only the liberals to rebuild, who, finally free from the inane religious ranting and greedy ravages of the troglodyte conservatives in Fly Over Country, are at last able to create the Progressive Utopia the world has longed for.
The script could write itself.
Best post of the week!!!! I needed a laugh today ;-)
It all reminds me of a story in an old book called “A Treasury of Southern Folklore”, it is a transcript of a sermon copied down in a church in Mississippi IIRC. The preacher was warning the congregation that continued oil drilling would use up all the oil and grease that the lord had provided for the “axle” of the Earth and one day the Earth would seize up on its bearings and that would be hell or something like that.