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Fracking Tied to Unusual Rise in Earthquakes in U.S.

Bloomberg -- A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” man-made, and may be caused by wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a study.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events in the nation’s midsection averaged 21 a year. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011.

Those statistics, included in the abstract of a research paper to be discussed at the Seismological Society of America conference next week in San Diego, will add pressure on an energy industry already confronting more regulation of the process of hydraulic fracturing.


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Submitted Apr 13, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 4:59:14 AM

doesn't take much if one understands just a bit about geology to realize the impact of high pressure water injection into deep earth layers. It's like CA except, pressure build up is man-made and more dangerous.
movrshakr
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 12:59:56 PM

.
Hey, I know what we should do...let's go back to the cave age and hunt fallen trees and burn them for energy. Oh, wait. That pollutes. Back to the drawing board.

OK, now I've got it. We get rid of all humans then the world will have only natural things in it.
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 6:43:51 AM

Are we reaching a bit for a story here?
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 6:31:40 AM

These are the same folks that think that man causes global climate change...I'm laughing!
epf
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 5:43:26 AM

Glad to see this is getting the Press it deserves.
tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:55:35 PM

Really
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:52:45 PM

I can believe this
Blue48
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:18:03 PM

DIDN'T THEY ALREADY HAVE A BIG DEBATE ON THIS!
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 9:45:08 PM

There seems to be two different ideas on this.
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 9:18:16 PM

more drilling = more earthquakes are we surprised?
NemoIL
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:51:29 PM

The liberal news/government complex likes to parade it's "experts" out in front of the public to push a pseudo-scientific agenda, in an attempt to shut down any energy production here in the United States. They want people who do not understand geology believe this fairy tale.

[Edited by: NemoIL at 4/13/2012 9:52:51 PM EST]
boborobot
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:50:58 PM

We'll see when the real data comes out.
adr47
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:41:23 PM

Greed not science is giving a good technology a very bad name.
Shakleelady31
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:37:44 PM

Interesting information.
NotmeuQc
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:25:02 PM

One group says yes, another says no. With all the drilling, fracking, and mining, it stands to reason that it will affect the planet somehow.
waynemustang
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:20:13 PM

Hahaha, blame it on oil and gas drilling. How ignorant.
no8c
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:18:43 PM

Thanks for posting this article!
ELECTRICALMIKE
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:16:38 PM

i dont think so
gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:13:30 PM

Ok.
nigelb
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:07:10 PM

Fracking should be banned if this proves to be true.
DriverofRed
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:02:19 PM

another piece of bullshit...
dlemma
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:01:08 PM

No way.....the facts of fracturing will come out.
menagerie1013
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:59:44 PM

Fracking is bad for the environment.
agr964
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:53:29 PM

txkrb may have it. Better to release the energy with a series of smaller quakes that do nothing than one huge quake that destroys several cities.
puckheadmn
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:48:10 PM

Whatever.
txkrb
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:48:09 PM

This is BS, earthquakes are caused by two or more plates in the earths crust moving and pressure generated between the two. When the pressure is too great one or both move violently and the result is an earthquake
A few (more) thousand gallons of water under the surface is not going to cause these plates to move and created a quake
What could possibly happen is the extra fluids could cause the plates to slip before adequate pressure has built and you have a small tremor or quake
So what is more likely is fracking could reduce the chance of larger quakes by causing the early release of the built up pressure, before the pressure is great enough to cause a larger quake
DblChek
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:42:20 PM

Mas election year BS
RickF350
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:40:14 PM

I heard fracking will cause the world to end.
bababooey2
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:39:12 PM

This is a joke.
agr964
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:38:30 PM

Correlation does not always equal causation.
soups5
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:37:28 PM

many small reliefs could be a good thing???????
seabrz7
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:35:55 PM

I'm not sure I believe this.... Earthquakes are up world wide. There has been a lot of quakes in unusual places.
darkknight1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:33:14 PM

Not sure about this
naiiawah
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:32:19 PM

No Duh!
carpenter4u
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:29:45 PM

If you believe this, I have a bridge I would love to sell you
calripken_8
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:27:13 PM

I don't think we have that much power to affect this, sorry.
ThatHunt
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:24:35 PM

Oklahoma gets one on a 2.0 - 3.5 on a regular basis.
Awfully close to drilling area.
Small quakes are in places that just so happen to be close to drilling areas.
Hydraulic fracturing is also not safe to nearby residents.
The natural gas industry lobby is powerful in Washington.
We are inundated with commercials on television making natural gas look like a wonderful alternative to oil.
GRUMPY55
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:18:05 PM

ok
LaVonneK
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:17:39 PM

Not good.
melvindale
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:17:08 PM

You think this would stop fracking dead.

I doubt it will. Maybe if there's a really big quake that say, flattens Saint Louis, but that's still a maybe.

I was against fracking the moment I heard the word fracking. See on the new Battlestar Galactica the word frack (or fracking or fracker or fracked) is used just like a word that also begins with f and also ends with k, but if I used it here I would likely be in trouble. (I live in the USA, as far as swear words go, it is the Taliban of the West.)

Hopefully, you see the point that fracking with the earth is a bad idea.
HEBster
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:15:56 PM

Don't see it...
jwduke1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:13:11 PM

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:07:43 PM

But maybe the small ones are just loosening things up for the BIG one!
spotterFL
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:01:24 PM

Better to have a series of small earthquakes to relive the pressure than one BIG one that can be devastating.
spotterFL
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:59:41 PM

voodoo science
allian04
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:56:34 PM

zombie apocalypse 2012
dpt
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:55:54 PM

It's not the fracking, it's the injection of waste water, especially if it's injected deeply into old rocks, which frequently have hidden faults. The problem can probably be avoided, but ignoring it isn't the answer.
97beater
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:55:17 PM

very scary. earthquakes in wisconsin, highly unusual
iceman11
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:54:30 PM

hmmmm interesting
walkingtall
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:53:52 PM

If they're small it's just the earth shifting.
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