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Thursday, April 23, 2015

In 7 years, Oklahoma goes from two 3.0 quakes a year to two a day

Earthquakes are not abstractions...the best case scenario looks like this, below. Why allow them to even be a reality, Ligonier? Why sit back, fingers crossed, hoping-against-hope, while the entire region is destabilized...fracked, and then the waste water foisted on some other unsuspecting region to destabilize them? When does the abuse stop? When do humans grow up and take responsibility for our actions. namely poisoning the air, water and ourselves, for cheap fuel? 

Take some local responsibility and stop this insanity, fracking.

"Yesterday, Oklahoma finally acknowledged that the uptick in earthquakes is likely due to wastewater disposal. “The Oklahoma Geological Survey has determined that the majority of recent earthquakes in central and north-central Oklahoma are very likely triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells,” the state reported on a new website. While the admission is an about-face for the government, which had previously questioned any link between the two, it doesn’t coincide with any new regulations intended to stop the earthquakes or improve building codes to cope with the tremors. For now, residents of Oklahoma may be just as vulnerable as they have been.
   House damage in central Oklahoma from a magnitude 5.7 earthquake on November 6, 2011
This surge in seismicity has been accompanied by a spike in the number of injection wells and the corresponding amount of wastewater disposed via those wells. According to the Railroad Commission of Texas, underground wastewater injection in Texas increased from 46 million barrels in 2005 to nearly 3.5 billion barrels in 2011. Much of that fluid has been injected in the Dallas area, where prior to 2008, only one possible earthquake large enough to be noticed by people had occurred in recorded history. Since 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has documented over 120 quakes in the area."