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Forum Post: Fracking: That's bad news.

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 5, 2011, 6:46 p.m. EST by badconduct (550)
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I think fracking is causing all these recent earthquakes. And it's terrible for the environment as well.



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[-] 2 points by JonValle (133) 12 years ago

I had this long post, arguing against the potential of earthquakes due to fracking. I went to college for Environmental Geology and intend on furthering my education. With that being said, I did more research and all I can say is that at first I didn't think it'd be possible. I do stand by that I don't think fracking could cause huge catastrophic events, however I do agree that it will and has caused localized events.

With that being said, I believe that many continuous minor events can and probably will cause larger events and I will say that with larger operations, they have the best potential of causing these large events.

[-] 1 points by badconduct (550) 12 years ago

I would almost be more concerned about the water contamination, but I do find it odd that there was two earthquakes around the same time in the last two years. The other explanation I heard would be that the ice caps melting are causing it.

[-] 1 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

The reserves being targeted are typically thousands of feet below water tables.

We've seen extraordinary stories about exploration and water supplies. There's even a famous one about flammable water, But well water comes from, get ready, wells. Wells sometimes hit oil and gas because, get ready, oil and gas are naturally occurring and under ground. So, sometimes in some places when you drill for water, you get water and oil and perhaps natural gas and there's nothing strange about it.

[-] 1 points by badconduct (550) 12 years ago

Gonna give this watch http://gaslandthemovie.com/

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago


[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

try this:


Arkansas Frack Target: Fayetteville Shale Water Resources at Stake: Arkansas River, Black River, White River, Greens Ferry Lake, Dardanelle Reservoir (pulled from earthjustice.org)

Contains a collection of material on earthquake activity

Arkansas Conservation Alliance Blog http://www.arkansasconservation.org/arkansas_conservation_all/

Ozarks Water Watch http://www.ozarkswaterwatch.org/index.php

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has banned fracking disposal wells for unconventional gas drilling wastes due to earthquakes. The Commission voted unanimously to ban them, and the decision requires the immediate closure of one disposal well and prohibits the construction of new wells within a 1,150 square mile radius.

Ohio Frack Target: Ohio Shale/Marcellus Shale Water Resources at Stake: Ohio River, Mohawk Reservoir, Lake Erie

Ohio Environmental Council http://www.theoec.org/Fracking.htm?gclid=CISUxfCt6qwCFQWA5Qodbm2kfA

Ohio earthquake

and the link from earthjustice.org http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states

the above can be found here.

You can thank GirlFriday for the links - I just copy/pasted.


[-] 0 points by fandango (241) 12 years ago

The fault lines are known. The tectonic plates will always continue to move. Earthquakes and fracking are NOT related.

[-] 1 points by badconduct (550) 12 years ago

Except in the UK.