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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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YarnDragon
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:21:57 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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jb107
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:17:17 PM

Fracking is not safe.
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BrucePen
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:10:29 PM

Putting that much pressure underground, something has to give.
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Mnbncounter
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:09:21 PM

I agree, Aviator.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:00:43 PM

Just keep denying science, djm5x9. It's very easy to deny the facts when you don't understand them.

That's why republicans like slashing education. Keep your voters ignorant so they won't ask any uncomfortable questions.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:59:59 PM

This problem has been known for many years. The energy companies know it and deny it just like big tobacco denied that smoking causescancer.
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Wierbe
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:59:38 PM

What exactly did we expect?
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SUPERQUACK
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:59:19 PM

A BUNCH OF BS.....WAS IT ALSO TIED TO UNUSUAL WINTER ..... AND GLOBAL WARMING .... MAYBE AL GORE DID THE STUDY!!!!!
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DaisysMomNC
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:58:59 PM

Who do you believe?
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mplato
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:58:18 PM

lol....that a good one.
"Experts" will try anything to stop the energy industry.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:58:17 PM

I'll admit, dougtaylor1, that small earthquakes are better than large ones. The only problem is that very often small earthquakes PRECEDE large ones.

Dumping fracking fluid down old wells is like jacking up your truck on uneven ground. Don't be surprised if the truck slides off the jack.
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fedupMN
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Teapublicans are so easy to fool......
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:57:05 PM

Logical results
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sluggopyle
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:56:10 PM


Oh yeah Rob. He gets the Fox Business Channel too. That way he gets both sides, fair and balanced.





[Edited by: sluggopyle at 4/13/2012 5:58:01 PM EST]
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:55:00 PM

BobbyVA says, "This is the agenda of the liberal progressives and environmental nuts are pushing. If the truth hit them in the face they wouldn't know it."

So Bobby, does your cable box get any channels besides Fox News?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:53:07 PM

Big oil and gas will keep fracking until the Western U.S. slides into the Pacific and then they'll still say it wasn't their fault.
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sluggopyle
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:50:04 PM

Nice try at selective definition-chasing after the fact, Johntxx. Unfortunately it's got nothing to do with what you actually posted, which was this:

=> Throughout the seventeenth century, there were many trials due to suspicions of witchcraft . Many people accused others of witchcraft because of hatred, or the townspeople wanted to rid the town of the unfortunately accused. So it is with hydraulic fracturing, and the “science” attacking it is quite similar to tests for witchcraft. If they sink and drown then they aren’t a witch, but it they float and live, to the gallows. <=

When playing the gut-level overhyped fearmongering card it's good to have some clue what you're talking about ("A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching").

(BTW your limitation to the 17th century leaves out the 18th, 16th and 15th centuries. That's a lot of charred human flesh swept under the rug)

Three and a half centuries this went on. Entire villages exterminated for the sake of an organized terrorist power grab. And you seriously want to compare THAT with a paper to be given at the Seismological Society of America conference in San Diego.

(SMH) Ya really can't make this stuff up.


[Edited by: sluggopyle at 4/13/2012 5:59:51 PM EST]
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Taurus1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:47:00 PM

What do you think will happen if waste water is forced into our ground? Something is sure to react in some way!
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BigBob12345
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:46:46 PM

Between earthquakes and ground water contamination, STOP fracking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:43:05 PM

Sure.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:42:50 PM

The question is what are they doing with all this imformation? Simply nothing or keep doing the same ol' thing.
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bluebird1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:42:13 PM

I thought scientists showed this not to be true...at least in N.A?????
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:40:04 PM

Granger777, I hadn't thought of that!
Probably closer to the truth than all these other attempts to explain it.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:39:38 PM

We are between a rock and a hard place. Everybody wants the low cost natural gas. Some even insist we convert or build a nationwide auto fleet using natural gas instead of gasoline. If you do, then you are going to have to put up with hydraulic fracturing and its side effects. If you don't want to do that, then you are going to have to give up on the idea of abundant and affordable natural gas.

The people who are hollering the loudest about using natural gas are the same ones complaining about fracturing and calling for its limitation.

Take your pick.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:38:32 PM

No Really?
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:37:30 PM

Because the Obama administration hates oil what did you expect that solar energy caused the earthquakes.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:33:55 PM

We have been saying this for mnths.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:33:23 PM

"almost certainly" ???????????????????????
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:30:39 PM

About time the Government figured this out. Most of what I have read claims fracing is not the cause.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:30:00 PM

It's micro-particulates in the air...(cheez, some people will believe ANYthing)

[Edited by: CatMan623 at 4/13/2012 5:30:52 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:29:26 PM

People forget that the New Madrid fault in the midwest produced some of the largest earthquakes in the US (magnitudes >8.0). And those quakes happened without fracking or global warming. Funny how the earth goes about its business...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:26:16 PM

TO BE HONEST,I think Mother Earth has nothing to do, with them ,THEY ARE FROM FATHER GOD TRYING TO SAY GET READY,THE RAPTURE IS SOON TO COME !!!!!!
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rxman1
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:23:49 PM

Well maybe it is due to global warming? Statistics can be misinterpreted.
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The bottom line is, we never know the truth about things until after the facts. That's when the money has been made and the lawyers and public relations specialists are hired. Public relations people to deny any culpability, and the lawyers to threaten anyone who points a finger with a lawsuit.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:18:20 PM

Not enough info. How strong are the quakes. How deep. etc...
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time to bring in Erin Brockovich (part II) contaminating the water we drink is not a good idea
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:07:37 PM

WHATEVER!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:06:24 PM

All lies - according to FOXNews and the conservative press.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:05:31 PM

Away we go.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:05:02 PM

One so called expert says this is true and others say it isn't. The yes men are the ones with an agenda.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:01:57 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:00:34 PM

statistics can support anything
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:58:15 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:57:27 PM

Yah sure right I believe this. Probably brought to you by the same people who think humans can control the weather.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:55:43 PM

thought it was supposed to be safe?
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--------------------Big Oil and the Mob------------------------------------------------------Two guys were sitting at a bar depressed over the most recent rise in gas prices ($3.99.9per gallon on 4-13-12 in Michigan.) One guy says to his friend, " these gas prices are killing me; I can hardly buy enough gas to get to work each week. I can just barely make enough for food for my family. It's a good thing that the MOB isn't involved in the oil industry! They would continually raise gas prices and extort huge profits at the expense of us consumers." The other guy looked up quizzically from his beer and says," I think the MOB has already got Big Oil in their pocket. They finally found a way to legally steal our money!"
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Definitely believeable!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:51:49 PM

dougtaylor1 wrote: "Small earthquakes are a blessing, not a curse."

Yes, as long as they stay small, I agree with you. But what guarantee do you have they will stay small?
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djm5x9 wrote: "Truly BS! "

And you base this on what? Your solid knowledge of seismology and plate tectonics? Or is it just political rambling as usual?
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Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:47:21 PM

Yup, rather have a bunch of small quakes that most wont feel, rather than 1 big 1 that will knock down buildings.
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ok
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