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Oklahoma earthquake linked to oil extraction


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#1    Render

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:24 PM

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Scientists have linked the underground injection of oil-drilling wastewater to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in 2011 that struck the US state of Oklahoma.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-21952428

Potentially induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, USA: Links between wastewater injection and the 2011 Mw 5.7 earthquake

http://geology.gsapu...logy;G34045.1v1


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:21 PM

Really doesn't surprise me.  I hope they stay away from the New Madrid fault line.  Don't need a repeat of what happened in 1811 and 1812.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:04 AM

I've heard they suspect the same thing happened in Arkansas not to long ago. Now they are going to start the fracking in California in a place with multiple known faults.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:52 AM

View PostHilander, on 27 March 2013 - 10:21 PM, said:

Really doesn't surprise me.  I hope they stay away from the New Madrid fault line.  Don't need a repeat of what happened in 1811 and 1812.

Seen this?....
http://newmadrideart...id-fault-blows/

*eerie music*

Edited by Eldorado, 28 March 2013 - 05:53 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:51 PM

View Postevancj, on 28 March 2013 - 03:04 AM, said:

I've heard they suspect the same thing happened in Arkansas not to long ago. Now they are going to start the fracking in California in a place with multiple known faults.
Just to set the record straight:  the 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma was caused by injection of salt water, not by fracking.

There's a simple little trick for oil companies to use to avoid this:  if you inject something into a well and you get small earth tremors, STOP INJECTING.  Don't use that well for injecting!  There are wells that have been used for decades without a problem, use one of them.  Or test out a new one, but don't use wells that are known to produce tremors.

I live close enough that I felt the 5.6 tremor.  Cracked the plaster in my house and rattled a bulletin board off the wall in my office.  Fortunately, I was far enough away that nothing worse happened.  I suspect the lawyers are looking at that report right now.  There could be some lawsuits over this.
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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

Good article.

I think Mother Jones covered this finding in their last snail mail issue.

We are foolish to continue fracking.  I wonder if the damage already done can ever be undone?





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