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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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streetcars
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:47:21 PM

Yup, rather have a bunch of small quakes that most wont feel, rather than 1 big 1 that will knock down buildings.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:46:05 PM

ok
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SandeeC
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:46:05 PM

They just keep on saying that there are no problems with fracking. Yet we keep hearing reports all the time of the well water contamination and these earthquakes. And the way the technology works, it's absolutely no way it could not cause shifting (and shaking). So I say quit fracking around and start putting the money in producing cheaper green fuels (and I don't mean ethanol!!!).
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:45:04 PM

Fracking is over-hyped and dangerous.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:41:50 PM

Never heard of earth quakes in north Texas before the drilling started in the Barnett shale. Now it's happening every few weeks.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:40:44 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:40:33 PM

omG
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:39:52 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:35:16 PM

We're all DOOMED!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:35:02 PM

Truly BS!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:33:52 PM

another excuse to raise prices!!!
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dougtaylor1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:32:42 PM

Small earthquakes are a blessing, not a curse.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:29:10 PM

if it is not one problem it is another
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:22:14 PM

The sky is falling!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:20:57 PM

This is the agenda of the liberal progressives and environmental nuts are pushing. If the truth hit them in the face they wouldn't know it.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:18:52 PM

No surprise on that one!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:15:52 PM

We're all going to...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:13:58 PM

I knew this
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:13:01 PM

but big oil said it is safe?!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:11:49 PM


Yawn.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:11:40 PM

The oil people say that's impossible.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:09:49 PM

uhuh .. well ya mess with mother earth, she's gonna bite ya
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:09:34 PM

Wastewater causing earthquakes?
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032946
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:09:09 PM

I would't doubt it for a minute.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:07:35 PM

wouldn't doubt it
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:07:26 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:06:41 PM

Yeah, Right!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:05:22 PM

You mean you can abuse nature and nothing bad will happen?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:04:01 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:03:42 PM

they need to re-examine the Denver area earthquakes in the early 1960's, which apparently were the result of toxic chemical wastes being pumped down a "Deep Injection Well" at the then Rocky Mountain Arsenal (today a National Wildlife Refuge located between Denver's old and new airports) in suburban Denver. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_Arsenal
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:03:15 PM

are these the same people who say the gray water discharge from ethanol is safe to drink and bathe in, but they refused to drink a glass, when it was offered to them ??..

DHAN..
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:02:51 PM

This can't be true because BO said it ain't so and they never lie or mislead.

Can we drill and frack in your backyard, please, we will be careful.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:59:25 PM

Okay.......THE SKY IS FALLING!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:57:33 PM

Yet another unscientific study to support the eco-terrorist's theories.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:56:49 PM

Sooo Do we need to make more earthquakes??? would that lower the price of
Gas????
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:56:37 PM

Yuppers....that and Global warming....gosh I bet they both combined to cause an ice berg to break loose and float out into the Atlantic?????
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:56:10 PM

well, duh....this is nothing new.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:54:18 PM

who'd a thunk it?
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Alrighty now!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:51:36 PM

U S government scientics say? You mean US government eco-terrorists, backed and supported by Ozero and his gang of idiots.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:50:04 PM

That's not very fracking good
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:46:04 PM

Big Oil drills, fracks, exports, then takes the money and runs.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:39:48 PM

Not very many years to data used here to draw their conclusions.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:37:30 PM

I guess this could be true, but I need more facts. Interesting post.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:36:51 PM

this may or may not be true
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:36:45 PM

We'll see when the real data comes out.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:34:36 PM

...all the poisoned water pumped back into the ground will come back to bite our a$$e$ later on...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:31:41 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:31:26 PM

WRONG
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:29:49 PM

Probably not.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:29:23 PM

maybe
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