Skip to comments.As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 04/04/2015 8:28:04 AM PDT by rktman
Many scientists disagree. They say those quakes, and thousands of others before and since, are mainly the work of humans, caused by wells used to bury vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas exploration deep in the earth near fault zones. And they warn that continuing to entomb such huge quantities risks more dangerous tremors if not here, then elsewhere in the states sprawling well fields.
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2. Many scientists?
3. Frickin' frackin'.
4. If we're not careful, we may unleash some of that several million degree heat trapped in the center of the erf.
They’re wrong. It’s globull warming.
The thing these articles (and evidently scientists) don’t bother to consider is that any earthquake activity is a function of stresses in the tectonic plates. These stresses will be relieved one way or another since they do continue to build up, and rock is only so strong. Eventually something has to give.
By intervening via frakking or putting in repositories underground, we’re actually stopping the stress build up early yielding a minor quake instead of the eventual major one.
I mean this shouldn’t be rocket science. Energy is energy. It can pop off in small bits, or add up to one really big hit.
Many quacks, more like. Politicized “science” is anything but.
It’s like Katy Couric asking “People say....”
Finger pointing is not science............
I think you’ve got it. “Quacks rattle industry”.
or the truly classic of classics;
All disasters and discomforts are human caused because that way lies government control and restriction of activities.
“As is well known...” used to be the standard Soviet preface to a bald-faced lie.
A very good friend of mine, an oil company executive and an extremely successful petroleum geologist, agrees. In fact, he suggests that if fracking is causing the small quakes, then Oklahoman's owe the oil company a debt of gratitude.
Of course, as a resident of Oklahoma, I am beginning to be concerned either way. Fracking or ordinary plate tectonics, the earth is definitely moving around here and it could get worse. Those of us who thought we were "born to laugh at tornados" have a new and potentially larger problem.
I will say this. I support fracking and oil and gas extraction, but we should come up a way to treat this water instead of injecting it back. It might be more expensive, but it is getting impossible to ignore a very viable linkage between injection wells in this area and earthquakes.
“Everyone agrees... Lie lie lie....”
That was a method of spreading disinformation in the old Soviet Union and their satellites. Functionaries would spread the ‘information’ they wanted to become ‘common knowledge’ by using the phrase ‘Everybody knows bla-bla-bla.....’ among the proles so that it appeared that the ‘info’ was well known, and if YOU didn’t know ‘IT’ then YOU were uninformed and out of touch: Shaming the hearers into accepting the new info as common knowledge....................
We have consensus................
They’re a bunch of little bitty micro quakes that are hardly detectable.
Actually they have had several 4’s this week. A 4.2 just this morning. People are getting cracks in their home foundations from the shaking.
They do have companies recycling hydro frac water. It is expensive and normally only done where there is significant expense to obtaining water in the first place. But water is also produce with oil and gas. Some wells will produce very little water. Some older wells might be 95% water; it can be too expensive to keep the oil flowing at that point.
The produced water is salty, along with hydrocarbons and other containments. It is injected back to deep reservoirs well below the fresh water layers.
Sometimes it is injected back at the edges of the same producing reservoir for enhanced oil recovery. That sweeps more fluid from the edges to the producing well, carrying with the water more oil.
.44 magnum super blackhawks caused this quake.