No Doubt, Fracking Will Kill Us All

As the oil and gas industry continues to make record profits, their assault on the earth and its inhabitants goes virtually unchecked, racing headlong to a world were the unconscionable wealth and power of the ExxonMobils, the BPs, the Shells, will become worthless, when there are no longer any living creatures walking what will have become an uninhabitable world.

Earthquake Frequency in OklahomaAs the poisons they pump into our water, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, destroy our health, new studies now show that that we no longer need to worry about dying from them, as the earthquakes they are creating will destroy us all much faster and much sooner.

The massive fracking operations continuing in Oklahoma have been little tempered by the massive increase in earthquakes that has been documented now for years. In a state that throughout recorded history had experienced single-digit earthquakes per year, the numbers of earthquakes now being seen are staggering: reports today that the state has experienced three earthquakes today, 37 earthquakes in the past 7 days, 205 earthquakes in the past month, and 1,779 earthquakes in the past year, of a magnitude 1.5 or greater. Today’s highest magnitude earthquake occurred in Guthrie, and registered a 3.7, equalling yesterday’s worst in the state, a 3.7 in Enid.

The above graph from displays Oklahoma earthquake activity in yearly perspective. In their August 2, 2014 article “Oklahoma Grapples With Earthquake Spike—And Evidence of Industry’s Role”, writer Joe Eaton stated as follows:

“From 1978 to 2008, Oklahoma experienced an average of one earthquake a year of magnitude 3 and higher, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. As of last week, the state [this year] experienced 258 earthquakes in that range, almost twice as many as California.”

Numerous studies have correlated Oklahoma's earthquake activity to fracking, but now a much more extensive investigation by the US Geologic Survey has produced findings that should shock and disgust all Americans, and lead to a significant re-evaluation of applicable laws in every state with oil and natural gas deposits, and on the federal level. To not do so, as with climate change, is to

pretend reality does not exist, put your head in the sand, and wait for the bitter, painful end.

The study, as reported this week throughout media outlets, as in this LA Times article “Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern U.S., study finds” reveals significantly increased earthquake activity in numerous states, all of which is ‘located near deep fluid injection wells or other industrial activities capable of inducing earthquakes”.

Information provided by the study substantiates that wastewater disposal following fracking triggers earthquakes even in previously inactive faults. Representatives of the Oklahoma Geological Survey said this week that the increased earthquake activity in their state is occurring in areas of significant fracking activity and wastewater disposal, and that is very unlikely that the earthquakes are the result of “a naturally occurring process”.

This is just the latest in a long series of studies providing scientific proof of the relationship between fracking and increased earthquake activity. Last September, a USGC report was released “directly linking” the uptick in Colorado and New Mexico earthquakes since 2001 to fracking and wastewater disposal. That study described how in a 2,200 square mile area from southern Colorado into New Mexico that had been “seismically quiet” until 1999 when
companies began “major fluid injection” deep into the ground, and that earthquakes then began in 2001. Until that time, there had been only one large earthquake in the area over the preceding 30 years, but since, 16 above a 3.8 magnitude have been recorded.

While today’s LA Times article quotes Mark Petersen, chief of the USGS’ National Seismic Hazard Project, as saying that “These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before, and pose a much greater risk and threat to people living nearby”, not all involved in the investigation of fracking are really taking the problem with the degree of seriousness that it deserves, nor are they seeking the application of the radical solutions that are required. Thus, USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth has proposed in an article in the journal “Science” published this past February that, rather than at the most outlawing all fracking activities, period, or at the least, placing significant limits on the numbers of fracking operations across the board, merely that fracking operations be conducted “further away from cities or critical facilities where large earthquakes are a big worry”.

Just where are big earthquakes NOT a worry? Why in the United States of Big Business, Big Oil and Big Gas, that’s where.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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