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Fracking Tied to Unusual Rise in Earthquakes in U.S.

Bloomberg -- A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” man-made, and may be caused by wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a study.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events in the nation’s midsection averaged 21 a year. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011.

Those statistics, included in the abstract of a research paper to be discussed at the Seismological Society of America conference next week in San Diego, will add pressure on an energy industry already confronting more regulation of the process of hydraulic fracturing.


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Submitted Apr 13, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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iceman11
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:54:30 PM

hmmmm interesting
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walkingtall
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:53:52 PM

If they're small it's just the earth shifting.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:52:37 PM

About time they finally admitted that.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:52:12 PM

Ban fracking.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:51:55 PM

Fascinating.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:51:51 PM

Ha, ha, ha
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miniskunk
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:51:43 PM

The fact the earth is shaking a lot right now is only coincidental to the new process of fracking. The whole earth is entering a period of geologic instability not just in the US. I believe fracking is possibly only responsible for some of the minor tremors in the 2.0 or lower range.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:51:25 PM

crazy
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greenfog
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:51:12 PM

That is now surprise, when you bust up the bed rock then movement is going to happen.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:50:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:49:31 PM

Some day the BIG ONE may hit the area and then we'll see what the replies will be.Just hope it isn't in your area.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:49:16 PM

danreino - "Very misleading. Fracking has been used for extracting oil on a regular basis in the United States for over SEVEN DECADES and not until the former vice president gave the "go-ahead word", have many concerns been reported."

Very misleading. Just how often was fracking used over each of the last 7 decades?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:48:45 PM

Another stupid government lie.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:48:34 PM

There is absolutely no way anyone can prove or disprove this one.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:43:08 PM

If they are small then it's just the earth shifting a bit, nothing to worry about.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:41:42 PM

Van_Halen - "WRONG! It is physically impossible for fracking to cause an earthquake. If a Hydrogen Bomb can't cause an earthquake then fracking doesn't stand a chance!"

What makes you think that "a Hydrogen Bomb" can't cause an earthquake?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:41:42 PM

Very misleading. Fracking has been used for extracting oil on a regular basis in the United States for over SEVEN DECADES and not until the former vice president gave the "go-ahead word", have many concerns been reported.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:32:14 PM

So if we are to believe US Government scientists, would they also say that this years warm temperatures and unusually high number of tornadoes in the central US are caused by fracking?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:31:02 PM

Get Rid Of Fracking Now...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:29:28 PM

Don’t say anything to those that are political minded
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:28:05 PM

briandbec said: "Which party has more uneducated votors, AviatorRob? Seems to me there are more Dems in ghettos pushing drugs, and getting shot at meanwhile siring 6 kids with 5 different baby mommas than there are Deliverence-era Johnny Reps out there."

Aviator_Rob was right "That's why republicans like slashing education. Keep your voters ignorant so they won't ask any uncomfortable questions."

The kids wouldn't be in ghettos pushing drugs for money to live, if they had a better education and could get a real JOB. Something the Rupublicans these days know nothing about - creating JOBS! Their master plan: keep everyone stupid, so they don't know that the Republicans are running away with everything in their great power grab! And the Rich get Richer...!!

Wake up people! Obama didn't do this, the Republican Congress that keeps blocking his good ideas DID!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:26:32 PM

we wil see
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:23:37 PM

Time to get all this stuff sorted out, I am more concerned about the water purity. These minor earthquakes just might be a warning to you.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:20:12 PM

Does this surprise anyone?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:18:38 PM

If they go deep enough thats what happens.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:18:35 PM

Romey08, you said:

"Let's look at a longer historical data not just three years"

Had you actually read the article, you would probably have noticed the second paragraph, which said:

"Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events in the nation’s midsection averaged 21 a year. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011."

Had you done two minutes of reading, you would have been a lot smarter.

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:11:17 PM

I bet it is!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:09:56 PM

USGS must have gotten stupider over the years. Earthquakes are formed at the deepest parts of the earth, at the 15-20 mile range. Injecting frac fluids into the ground at 5-8 thousand feet will create a earth quake how hard you try.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:08:56 PM

lots of science deniers on this thread...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:07:58 PM

Shakey
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:07:39 PM

....
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:03:39 PM

Let's look at a longer historical data not just three years
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:01:46 PM

WRONG.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:00:21 PM

"Akcamper " I agree with you.
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SCREWED AGAIN OMG = OBAMA MUST GO!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:57:20 PM

- and what do you base that on, mark1962?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:55:18 PM

BS science!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:53:35 PM

and i thought it was ants that was the cause
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:50:33 PM

Van_Halen wrote: "WRONG! It is physically impossible for fracking to cause an earthquake. If a Hydrogen Bomb can't cause an earthquake then fracking doesn't stand a chance!"

And you base this on what science? I bet you still believe cigarettes are not harmful. After all "some" scientists said so, didn't they?

[Edited by: TustinDad at 4/13/2012 6:50:57 PM EST]
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attaboy teddy, give us another hummer
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:50:05 PM

I knew that.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:49:48 PM

They will speculate about everything.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:46:00 PM

.
WRONG! It is physically impossible for fracking to cause an earthquake. If a Hydrogen Bomb can't cause an earthquake then fracking doesn't stand a chance!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:45:53 PM

Hummm....
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Don't see it...yet.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:42:52 PM

As with global warming, the fracking debate is bound to get so intensely heated (on both sides) that voices of reason will be lost in the noise.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:42:00 PM

Which party has more uneducated votors, AviatorRob? Seems to me there are more Dems in ghettos pushing drugs, and getting shot at meanwhile siring 6 kids with 5 different baby mommas than there are Deliverence-era Johnny Reps out there.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:39:38 PM

Maybe they should reconsider if fracking should continue.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:30:45 PM

“almost certainly”
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:29:50 PM

both sides of this issue can never tell the real story so I tent to believe none of it like politicians if you see their mouth move it a lie
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:21:57 PM

It sounds like a lot more research should be done! Is all of this oil and gas worth such risk?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:17:17 PM

Fracking is not safe.
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