U.S. Identifies 17 Earthquakes Areas Caused By Drilling

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    Apr 23, 2015 4:54 PM GMT
    NYT: In its first comprehensive assessment of earthquakes believed to be caused by human activity, the United States Geological Survey unveiled a map on Thursday identifying 17 regions with significant levels of “induced seismicity,” mostly from oil and gas drilling.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/us-maps-areas-of-increased-earthquakes-from-human-activity.html?_r=0
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 24, 2015 1:35 AM GMT
    Both Youngstown and Warren in eastern Ohio have had numerous earth tremors since hydro fracking for natural gas began in the area around both these economically depressed cities. Granted, drilling for natural gas has helped both these former steel towns strengthen their local economy but at the same token, it has caused geological instability in the ground beneath.
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    Apr 24, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
    From fluid injection. Not from drilling.
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    Apr 24, 2015 1:52 AM GMT
    Fluid injection is an important part of the drilling process. Either way, portions of eastern Ohio especially around both Youngstown and Warren has become more geologically unstable since the gas drilling began. What's more important, the grounds seismic stability or the economic health of two struggling, declining industrial cities. Pick your poison.icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 24, 2015 3:30 AM GMT
    There are some pretty weak scape-goats being used in the article.
    Just having too little technical, political and environmental data...GO ASK! Flow/hour, pressure, depth reached, stability of ground structure...
    Isn't there a satellite in orbit keeping tabs?

    Sounds like a shoot first / ask questions later scenario. Glad 'murrca is taking care of their own demise, seriously.

    When all the trees and clean water is gone, i hope you remember to chew; or you'll choke on those dollar bills.
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    Apr 24, 2015 3:35 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidFluid injection is an important part of the drilling process. Either way, portions of eastern Ohio especially around both Youngstown and Warren has become more geologically unstable since the gas drilling began. What's more important, the grounds seismic stability or the economic health of two struggling, declining industrial cities. Pick your poison.icon_neutral.gif


    and you really don't want to know what's in those fluids (and now part of the aquifer or will be)

    in some cases, you can't even find out what the fluids are composed of - now that's wrong
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    Apr 24, 2015 4:46 AM GMT
    Neighbors are complaining about earthquakes originating from my apartment at night -- also caused by drillings. icon_lol.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 24, 2015 11:49 AM GMT
    Ohio quakes linked to fracking

    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Ohio-Quakes-Linked-To-Fracking.html
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    Apr 24, 2015 11:51 AM GMT
    Oklahoma quakes linked to fracking

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OKLAHOMA_EARTHQUAKES_DISPOSAL_WELLS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/21/us-oklahoma-fracking-quakes-idUSKBN0NC2F220150421

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    Apr 24, 2015 12:07 PM GMT
    tj85016 said
    roadbikeRob saidFluid injection is an important part of the drilling process. Either way, portions of eastern Ohio especially around both Youngstown and Warren has become more geologically unstable since the gas drilling began. What's more important, the grounds seismic stability or the economic health of two struggling, declining industrial cities. Pick your poison.icon_neutral.gif


    and you really don't want to know what's in those fluids (and now part of the aquifer or will be)

    in some cases, you can't even find out what the fluids are composed of - now that's wrong
    I fully realize the tremendous number of deadly, toxic chemicals in that sand/water fluid mix. That is why I am opposed to hydro fracking.
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    Apr 24, 2015 1:34 PM GMT
    If there's a problem, why doesn't Obama have EPA regulations issued or use an Executive Order to stop the drilling?

    Answer: Energy Investment and return by private industry is the only thing propping up his "Economic Recovery".
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    Apr 24, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    bro science now but
    around the 70's a local nuclear facility was disposing of wast via deep wells. Denver started to have earthquakes. Both the earthquakes & the well injection stopped.
  • Svnw688

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    Apr 24, 2015 2:47 PM GMT
    I live in Tulsa part of the time. I have felt my skyscraper sway from some of the larger (above 5.0) earthquakes.

    It's NOT okay, it all started a few years ago, and it's directly linked to "fracking" (i.e., injecting fluid).

    We need legislation on this NOW. As an added bonus, nobody's insurance policy covers earthquake damage (unless you have a special 'rider' which only a few years ago would have been absurd in Oklahoma. Just like an earthquake rider is absurd in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia currently).

    Drill first, ask questions and pay damages later seems to be the mantra here.
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    Apr 25, 2015 11:20 AM GMT
    Svnw688 saidI live in Tulsa part of the time. I have felt my skyscraper sway from some of the larger (above 5.0) earthquakes.



    I used to live in Enid, Oklahoma and I remember feeling the 5.6 quake back in 2012. I could deal with all the tornadoes, hail, high winds....but the quakes....no way.
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    May 08, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidIf there's a problem, why doesn't Obama have EPA regulations issued or use an Executive Order to stop the drilling?


    Actually, there's something called the "Halliburton Loophole" that prevents the EPA from regulating fluids injected for the purpose of hydraulic fracturing. http://frackwire.com/halliburton-loophole/

    That's why this report from USGS is significant. It says the process of hydraulic fracturing itself does not cause human-induced earthquakes. But fracking generates as much as 10 gallons of wastewater per gallon of oil produced, and the wastewater is usually injected into deep underground disposal wells. So while EPA doesn't have authority to regulate fracking fluids, they might have authority to regulate induced seismicity related to wastewater disposal.
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    May 09, 2015 12:31 AM GMT
    bachian saidNeighbors are complaining about earthquakes originating from my apartment at night -- also caused by drillings. icon_lol.gificon_twisted.gif


    Are you a sizemologist too?