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Frackers Are Setting Off Swarms of Earthquakes Across the Planet


Environment  (tags: fracking, frackis whack, earthquakes, habitatdestruction, habitat, environment, destruction, energy, protection, pollution, world )

Cal
- 319 days ago - alternet.org
The industry is setting off quakes from Texas to the Netherlands



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

Yes, FRACKING is causing earthquakes and in places that should not be experiencing any earth quakes. Because of the heavy amount of fracking we are seeing cracked foundations and insurance companies refusing to pay damages. The public was not directly exposed to the fracturing process in the earlier days, both the government and the companies realized that drilling operations near populous areas would cause dangerous health and safety problems. Now, neither the government nor the companies care about those things. The world of the rich and the world of the rest of us. Thanks Cal.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:11 am
Fracking is already being heavily touted in the UK and I expect to see the same problems here.incidentally the government has admitted for the first time that fracking will not reduce peoples gas bills but the profits will still be collected by the government to pay off the debts which this bunch of incompetents have created.So much for the benefits that the fracking companies and the majority of Tory Party politicians have been spouting in order to persuade the people they would benefit from.There should be an investigation to see how many of these highway robbers have invested in these rogue companies.
 

Edo R. (71)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 2:34 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 3:20 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Sylvie A. (139)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 3:29 am
Notée. Merci.
 

Fi T. (16)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 3:55 am
They're precious lives like us
 

Nils Anders Lunde (551)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:10 am
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:15 am
Geologists have known for 50 years that injecting fluid underground can increase pressure on seismic faults and make them more likely to slip. From another article I find "Quakes with a magnitude of 2 or lower, which can hardly be felt, are routinely produced in fracking, said geologist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey, an expert on human-induced earthquakes who was not involved in the study. The largest fracking-induced earthquake "was magnitude 3.6, which is too small to pose a serious risk," he wrote in Science."
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:31 am
This MUST stop!
 

Winn Adams (203)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:08 am
Will this never end!
 

James N. (25)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:24 am
I've figured this since the beginning, of course, the rightwing whackjob response is always "WELL YOU KAINT PROVE NUTHIN!"

When you force water into a confined space, pressure happens. Things shift and move.

Fracking needs to stop. NOW.

Story noted. Thanks, Cal.
 

Carol H. (32)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:25 am
Again, big business is 'MESSING WITH MOTHER NATURE' and we know what happens when you do that. THE EARTH WILL BITE YOU BACK ! First claimed it was water used, now 'safe' chemicals, yeah right they're NOT safe. These combined fracking assholes will blow up the planet. I'm so mad...
 

Evelyn B. (49)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:44 am
One more argument to add against fracking ... seems that the only ones pro-fracking are the companies doing it, and people expecting to gain employment from it (& the latter don't necessarily stay "pro" very long!)

Not really surpising, but I'm glad there are experts out there collecting evidence to "prove" the risks ... because seems people can't use common sense as an acceptable arguement, have to have "proof" ...

Thanks very much for flagging, Cal
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:45 am
It seems like 1987 all over again when I was talking about the connection between oil exploration and increased seismic activity. No one was listening. Fracking or horizontal extraction has its birth in the oil industry. The Tar Sands Project uses steam injection along with a horizontal extraction method that is very similar and probably the parent of fracking.
Fortunately today people are listening and acting on the information available. We may not win the war but we can certainly win a few battles in order to make it difficult.

Remember to speak up and make your voice heard today because tomorrow you may not have one.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:56 am
If this is true, and it does sound like sense, then it has to be proved, otherwise the powers that be aren't going to listen!
 

Victoria Oakey (126)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:16 pm
Noted. Ty for the info.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:27 pm
Thank you.
 

Jaime A. (35)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:30 pm
Noted.
 

A F. (132)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:05 pm
They have GOT to stop hurting Mother Earth like this. :(
 

Tracy G. (3)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:17 pm
Since I live in CA on a fault line, FANTASTIC NEWS! This ignorance and abuse has to stop.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 5:20 pm
noted
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:21 pm
I have no way to prove this as a fact, but I thought it was so and was the reason I have petitioned and objected to fracking.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:59 pm
Thank you! (n, p, t)
 

. (7)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 11:48 pm
It only makes sense it would cause earthquakes, California's in real trouble! Noted, thanks Cal.
 

Suzan F. (141)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 12:08 am
N.. They won't stop until the damage is irrefutable, & it'll be too late by then.
 

Janice W. (49)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 1:14 am
This isn't the only bad thing fracking does to those who live anywhere nearby. And we certainly don't need unstable ground being shook up and pressurized like this. It's just craziness. Noted, thank you
 

. (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 1:15 am
No-one needs a science degree to predict that this is likely to happen. We must all fight against fracking - everywhere.
 

Ans Weevers (13)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:44 am
"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be determined by the ways it treats it's animals."
Mahatma Gandhi
 

ewoud k. (73)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:14 am
The earthquakes are no more than a logical consequence of fracking (and, as in the Netherlands, conventional gas-extraction): you fracture the rocks way down below, you remove a certain volume of gas, and what's above will, sooner or later, go down.

When will mankind ever learn to think before acting?
 

. (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:50 pm
That's not good. They need to stop doing that. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:36 pm
ewoud, it's not the extraction, they pump much more in than is removed, but that destabilize the plates.
 

Philip Heinlein (472)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 6:37 am
Nothing to fear people. The American Gas Association ads tell us that we're getting all that wonderful cheap gas with "safe, proven technology". Everything is cool.
 
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