New Study Suggests Disturbing Link Between Fracking and Large Earthquakes


by Kevin Samson
Activist Post

There has been an ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity.

Since September of 2010, nearly 1,000 earthquakes have rattled Arkansas and the area around the New Madrid Fault Line. Previous to this, Arkansas had a total of 38 quakes in 2009. Yet two cities, Greenbrier and Guy had a swarm of 30 small earthquakes in a four-day period in early 2011, which paralleled fracking activity in the same area.

This uptick was echoed next-door in Oklahoma, where during roughly the same period, the state saw an increase in earthquakes from 50 per year to over 1,000 in 2010. The accumulating present-day data is also mirrored by earlier government research, as you will see below.

Now, a study has appeared from The Geology Society of America, which investigated the largest of the quakes that rattled Oklahoma and 17 other states in November of 2011. While supporting the research of others in establishing a causal link between fracking and earthquakes, they appear to have found another even more troubling aspect to the data.

Read more at the source: Activist Post

I found this comment particularly interesting

brad said…

The “perfect” fracking fluid would be incompressible so that all pump pressure would be transmitted to the rock. Water is incompressible. The ideal fracking fluid would NOT be toxic to the water supply, and cheap. Both aspects are qualities that water has.

So why would someone use a toxic, expensive chemical? To destroy the water system. Then you have to buy water EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

GW Bush and a group own the water rights to the largest aquifer in South America, the pumping locations, AND the port facility contracts/control to ship ocean tankers of water. They just need a market.

As they kill the water systems in America, they are making their market.

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