Skip to comments.Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations
Posted on 07/07/2014 1:23:59 PM PDT by mbarker12474
Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations
By Hailey Branson-Potts
[skip to the last paragraph if you want to skip the nonsense.]
Oklahoma ... boom ... recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes.
To many residents, the timing .... Before the oil and gas industry started drilling... rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma... second-most seismically active state ....
Now ... fresh scientific evidence .... Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Colorado say a large swarm of earthquakes ... caused by ... disposal wells, ... wastewater from drilling operations ... hydraulic fracturing ... deep geological formations....
Four high-rate disposal wells ... induced a group of earthquakes ... Jones swarm, ... 20% of the seismicity in the central and eastern United States ... journal Science.
The Jones swarm, ... more than 100 earthquakes ... five-year period. The four wells ... 4 million barrels of fluid monthly. Hydraulic fracturing... high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals ... extract oil and natural gas. ... wastewater is often forced underground ....
When fluid is injected ... increases pressure ... pores of those formations..... The increased pressure .... trigger earthquakes ....
For ... researchers created a three-dimensional hydrogeological model... spread pressure through the pores. The computer model used actual... .......
The more fluid you put in ... the sponge ....
Terry said disposal wells have been used in the state for more than 50 years and have met and even exceeded current disposal volumes during that time. Oil and natural gas are produced in 70 of Oklahomas 77 counties, so any seismic activity within the state is likely to occur near oil and gas activity, he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
GOOD; don’t inject water to cause a lot of very small quakes, let the big one happen and all the fags in San Francisco can suck salt water.
These liberals believe in voodoo. I mean, they are totally anti-science, book-burners. For real.
All of this is funded by the Saudis. Seriously.
No way, dude. IF the big one happens, the San Andreas line would make like this huge cliff. Surfing would suck majorly, dude.
“probably” (multiple times)
And the best one of all...
“additional studies are needed”
100 2.5+ earthquakes in OK in last 30 days. 9 were less than 10,000 ft below surface. Eight of these were in Grant County.
BTW: Same experience in Arkansas a few years back. Stopped deep well injection and the earthquakes stopped. Given the new waste water treatment systems coming on-line, deep well injection of fracking fluids will be a thing of the past soon.
Some might think this is a good thing, to let off some tectonic tension in small doses, then again us Texicans may have always been right about Oklahoma.
I call BS on the fracking/earthquake thing: fracking causes global warming.
Your question 2 has always been my first question. Another question - “did these earthquakes cause any damage or injuries?”.
The answer is probably no. So who knows, lubing up the plates may be preventing more damaging earthquakes.
Another important point, which I don’t think anti-frackers bother to understand - the energy that causes earthquakes comes primarily from the earth. The power of man-made equipment injecting fluids into the earth can move a little dirt...but nothing near the energy found in an earthquake.
I call BS.
computer model -— need I say more?
Ride the lightning, ride
The alien lighnting, remember their transport system to the buried spaceship assault tripods.
That sounds like a really dangerous idea. What would the “right” amount be? A miscalculation could let the Fault “slip” too much and cause the big one.
Yes, thanks for refreshing my memory.
We got some really good beaches up here in Nor. Cal. with great waves, just watch out for the great whites.
What history and the geological maps show is that every thing south of Fort Bragg should slide into the Pacific to a greater or lesser degree.
Fracking probably explains why there are so many earthquakes in Alaska and Japan not to mention large sections of South America and Mexico.