Fracking Creates Quakes, NOT Cheaper Pump Prices!

Image by Mikenorton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Mikenorton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of April, scientists met with the Seismological Society of America to discuss induced earthquakes. Among their main areas of conclusion, Aljazeera reports, “Research… suggests that the biggest wells contribute about 85 percent of the pressure changes that can lead to earthquakes. With more information, industry could theoretically adjust fracking technology to avoid inducing seismic activity, the scientists said at the meeting. But when it comes to regulation, there appears to be a wide gap in policy. “There’s quite an absence of regulatory framework in terms of how to evaluate the hazard and who’s responsible for assessing and responding,” Atkinson said.

“The USGS, EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are all currently researching induced earthquakes and their causes, the panel said. The USGS is carrying out a first of its kind study this year, creating a seismic hazard map based not only on naturally occurring earthquakes, but also ‘induced’ earthquakes, such as those triggered by fracking activities. The scientists said more information is needed to better understand induced earthquakes. While industry actors must report some information, scientists say this data is insufficient and not made publicly available often enough.”

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook the ground near Prague, Oklahoma in 2011, accompanied by 2 other quakes registering magnitudes greater than 5.0. It was felt in 17 states. In fact, the central United States has seen an 11-fold increase in earthquakes in the past four years alone, according to Geology, a widely accepted scientific journal. The affected areas studied in the report included Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Colorado.

On March 6, 2014, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a press statement indicating the Prague, OK earthquake is directly related to the injection well activity occurring in the area. Although unintentional, the evidence shows the earthquakes are human-induced. Despite this risk, authorities in Oklahoma continue to allow waste-water injection near the Wilzetta fault.

In a report from Raw Story, “The 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague followed an injection of waste-water approximately 650 feet away from the Wilzetta fault zone, a complex fault system about 124 miles in length. All three earthquakes exhibited a slip-strike motion, and did so at three different locations, indicating that three separate areas of the fault zone were activated.”

All this comes at a time that Azle, Texas remains “The Town in Search of Truth,” a story we first began with our article, “When Science and Politics Collide, Corporations Win.” We have noticed a clear reluctance of any corporate media to feature this story, as its implications are as contrary to their corporate partners as evidence of global warming and climate change. To identify corporate partners, simply observe who advertises and who appears in their commentary programs. Also take note of who is lining the pockets of politicians.

We believe all these things are related. We understand empirical science, research and discoveries to be beneficial for the human race, whether it is a cure for a horrible illness or the discovery of plate tectonics. But we are alarmed at the willingness to pick and choose science based on corporation profit lines.

When science tells us to that we are tipping the scales to the perilous point of no return through our pollution, consumption of fossil fuels, interference with genetics and food sources and our insatiable appetite to take it all right now, before anyone else can, we need to STOP. But this is when the pressure mounts and all reason leaves the discussion; it becomes arguments for deregulation, free market, corporate development and shareholder portfolios.

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An activist since the age of 17, MNgranny embraced the Occupy Movement from its beginning. After earning a BA in Mass Communications and enjoying a 30 year career, she is now disabled and dedicates her life to changing the world for the next generation. Her experiences include volunteering in community service organizations and taking leadership roles throughout her academic and professional life. She is also a survivor of rape and domestic violence, a published author and a master naturalist. She has focused for the last several years on studying Middle East geopolitical impacts, and specializes in Kurdish history, culture and politics.

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