"Did Fracking Cause a 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake...?"



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01 Jan 2012, 3:33 am

The title just makes me laugh lol (thanks Battlestar Galactica!). In all seriousness, I don't know much about the real fracking, except that it's used to make cracks in rocks for oil drilling (definition, from Wikipedia, which got it from some other source that I don't know: Fracking: Hydraulic fracturing (called "frac jobs" or "frac'ing" or "fracking" in the industry) is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks, the goal of which is to increase the output of a well). Here's the article if you'd like to read more into it: Did Fracking Cause a 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Eastern Ohio on Saturday?


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01 Jan 2012, 8:53 am

Fracking hell.



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01 Jan 2012, 12:05 pm

a 4.0 earthquake in Ohio? i don't think so. i think one state over...Michigan...i would've felt it...or the aftershocks.

heck...when there was one in Illinois i felt it!


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01 Jan 2012, 12:11 pm

4.0 in Ohio

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McDONALD, Ohio (AP) — Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale. But Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said during a news teleconference that fracking is not causing the quakes.


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01 Jan 2012, 2:08 pm

I suppose an earthquake could happen if nuclear charges are used instead of dynamite.



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01 Jan 2012, 6:40 pm

Not just 'No', but frack no!



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01 Jan 2012, 6:58 pm

You need bigger, natural fractures in rocks to generate an earthquake of that size. There are faults all over North America. They are normally dormant except for the west coast and a couple other spots, but any one of them can generate an earthquake if the movement of other faults puts enough pressure on them.


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02 Jan 2012, 8:38 pm

While fracking has been directly linked to increased seismic activity, I am not sure in this case. Usually, they set off smaller earthquakes around 2.0-3.0s. I wouldn't trust the media too much in general. But there is a reason fracking has been banned in certain countries like France.



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07 Jan 2012, 5:09 pm

Geologists say Ohio quakes directly tied to fracking

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Recent earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma have been directly linked to deep wells used to dispose of liquid wastes for hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of natural gas, according to geological experts.


Fracking is not a good idea.


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07 Jan 2012, 5:18 pm

Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

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In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.


Fracking is only good for the people whose pockets it lines.


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18 Jan 2012, 10:10 am

I don't know about a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in Ohio...

...but from the Monongahela Valley, Frac Central, there are plenty of other things to hate about it.

Like that certain companies have a nasty habit of dumping used frac water in local streams. Like that there are few protections for surface owners, royalties are a joke, and forced pooling ought to be a crime (but isn't, according to the PA courts).

Like the fact that most of the drillers are out-of-state companies that bring in out-of-state workers and take the profits, guess where, out of state. This is referred to as a "colonial economy." We have seen this before, in the same place, in recent history. It left a hell of a mess. Google "Appalachian labor wars," "West Virginia mine wars," et cetera.

It's enough to cause a meltdown.


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18 Jan 2012, 10:14 am

snapcap wrote:
Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

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In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.


Fracking is only good for the people whose pockets it lines.


And the people who don't freeze to death because they can depend on natural gas heat in their homes.



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18 Jan 2012, 11:25 am

JWC wrote:
snapcap wrote:
Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

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In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.


Fracking is only good for the people whose pockets it lines.


And the people who don't freeze to death because they can depend on natural gas heat in their homes.


Because they wouldn't get it any other way?


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18 Jan 2012, 11:28 am

snapcap wrote:
JWC wrote:
snapcap wrote:
Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

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In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.


Fracking is only good for the people whose pockets it lines.


And the people who don't freeze to death because they can depend on natural gas heat in their homes.


Because they wouldn't get it any other way?


Why should they have to?



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18 Jan 2012, 12:14 pm

JWC wrote:
snapcap wrote:
JWC wrote:
snapcap wrote:
Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

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In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.


Fracking is only good for the people whose pockets it lines.


And the people who don't freeze to death because they can depend on natural gas heat in their homes.


Because they wouldn't get it any other way?


Why should they have to?


Have to what?


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