Skip to comments.Earthquakes in Central U.S. ‘Almost Certainly’ Tied To Fracking
Posted on 04/13/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT by BigEdLB
Over the past few years, the number of earthquakes in the usually seismically calm central United States has skyrocketed. Now scientists are pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," as the culprit.
Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, from underground rocks. Proponents of natural gas say it could reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil since vast majority of it comes from within the country. Natural gas is also more plentiful and cheaper than oil.
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Thank God we won’t have to worry about increasing domestic energy production, the anti-human “scientists” have figured out a way to demagogue it.
Seems to me they are crossing up terms.
The EPA is so full of sh*t they squeak. Number 1 on the list to DEFUND, DEFUNCT.
And what of the VA earthquake, where no fracking is happening?
This is yet another lame effort to alarm the public against domestic energy development, since AGW has become such a propaganda failure.
I will gladly pay$200 to fill up my SUV instead of $100 if it will stop these unprecidented 3 and 4 magnitude quakes. /sarc
Are we drilling for gas and oil along fault lines? While I am certainly not an expert in the field, I have always understood that an earthquake occurs on a fault line when two plates push against one another. Looking for enlightenment.
Assuming fracking causes earthquakes, I have a question. Does it only happen on existing faults? Or create new faults? Or just make the earth move in different ways?
If it’s on existing faults this seems like a good way to avoid “the big one”. It may be letting the faults release their energy slowly over time instead letting the tension build up.
You can have faults just about anywhere. The biggest ones happen to be along plate boundaries, but a good example of a strong fault system not at a plate boundary is New Madrid.
Earthquakes are actually being caused by the vibrations from all those giant wind turbines.
Your observation is credible.
Where I live, the best long term oil production is near apparent fault lines. Short distances either side of the line (not straight) and huge differences in production. Indicating existing faults at some depth. Most of the wells here are 5-6,000 feet deep.
I see most the confusion lies with the posters on these articles.
Hydraulic Fracturing does not cause this nor do they claim it does. Waste Water disposal wells where million and millions of gallons are routinely injected into the same well over and over are being considered the source of the earthquakes.
Hydraulic Fracturing is the source for some, not all, of that water. But there are other choices, some areas are recycling the water. A bit more expensive but it allows hydraulic fracturing to continue without this concern.
Any USGS data is suspect these days tied as it is to the Administration. Collaboration from several different and disparate sources is warranted.
I was born and raised in what is now known as the Marcellus Shale belt of PA. The family farm where I grew up is still owned and operated by members my family. We had a couple of gas wells that were drilled ( and fracked) when I was a young boy. I understand that a few more wells have been drilled on the property since I was last there years ago.
Almost every relative I have in the area, and many, many friends who still live there have gas wells on their property. To my memory, all gas wells were, and still are, fracked. I don’t ever remember an earthquake occurring anywhere in the area, and I don’t remember anyone dying because of fracking, and I don’t remember anyone lighting their kitchen sink on fire. I do remember water issues occurring with old, abandoned deep coal mines.
I now live in VA. We have minor tremors and quakes frequently and I don’t know anybody around here who has a gas well, unfortunately.
I’m calling BS here.
Plenty of evidence to support injection induced earthquakes....BUT, no evidence of fracking induced earthquakes.
My real problem is with the panic induced over earthquakes that are less damaging than a heavy truck passing on the road.
Frack away piss off a liberal.
Spawns a new phrase for those living in active seismic zones: “It’s another fracking earthquake!”