USGS looking to develop new models in regards to fracking earthquakes (induced seismicity / man made earthquakes).
This foxnews article is very odd — first they acknowledge the fracking earthquake issue being the lone cause of the THOUSANDS of earthquakes in the region, then they put a Foxnews PRO-OIL spin on the end that is fairly inaccurrate:
Accurate USGS quote:
“All of the areas where increased seismicity has been detected “are located near deep fluid injection wells or other industrial activities capable of inducing earthquakes,” the USGS said.“
Inaccurate editorial at the end of the article putting a pro-oil spin on the news:
“The USGS, however, downplayed the role of fracking in the increased seismic activity.
“Many questions have been raised about whether (fracking) is responsible for the recent increase of earthquakes. USGS’s studies suggest that the actual hydraulic fracturing process is only occasionally the direct cause of felt earthquakes.” EFE
USGS looks to develop models for frequency, severity of man-made earthquakes
“These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby. The USGS is developing methods that overcome the challenges in assessing seismic hazards in these regions in order to support decisions that help keep communities safe from ground shaking,” the release said.
All of the areas where increased seismicity has been detected “are located near deep fluid injection wells or other industrial activities capable of inducing earthquakes,” the USGS said….”
Editorial from dutchsinse:
The USGS is not downplaying anything, their statement is accurate, fracking is only occasionally the DIRECT cause of FELT earthquakes.
“Direct” and “Felt” are specific terms , which are a geologists / seismologists form of lawyer-speak legalese — a quick getaround which allows for these professionals to ride both sides of the fence on this issue.
Direct would mean there are no other confirmed possible causes for the event, which we can never fully rule out due to natural pressure always being released, so technically they are not saying anything incorrect.
Felt means that reports are made by people to the USGS — there can be large earthquakes which occur deep enough that they’re not normally felt by people, but still considered “larger” events. Also, swarms can strike in areas where few people live, or few people report the event – thus again the USGS is ‘correct’ when they say some might not be “felt”.
Why would the USGS play word games?!
On one side of the fence we have the reality that fracking is causing a serious amount of earthquakes (more earthquakes of noteworthy size in Oklahoma than the entire West coast combined — dozens of 4.0M+ upwards of 5.7M in 2011-2015).
On the other side of the fence we have the people paying most of the bills in the geology / seismology field of science.
The petroleum companies, government agencies, and the schools which support these institutions are all beholden (to some degree) to the entities which finance them.
It is very rare to find an independent researcher who can be heard above their collective fascist voice of “PAID FOR” science.
I fought for years bringing fracking earthquake information to the forefront, complete with attacks on my character, my videos, website posts, and even on basic data which all parties accept as factual. All was met by an army of paid for fake online “shills”. Robot commenters, and public relations firms hired by the Oil / Gas companies to pose as common online commenters who “support” fracking.
The paid pet industry denier shills came over to my videos (and other sites) for multiple years denying that fracking can cause earthquakes at all !! The Texas Railroad Commission even denying up until a few months ago , right before the fracking / gas price bust.
Now that the companies are losing money, they’re not spending as much on the PAID PETS they hire to deny these things, plus their money isn’t going as far when it comes to paying off officials — thus we are now seeing new moves by Oklahoma + Texas to literally ban their citizens from having a say in fracking at all — even in their own towns!!!!
Oklahoma and Texas want to BAN the ability for citizens to stop fracking. New laws being introduced (and passed) here in April 2015 to stop average people from ever being able to oppose fracking in their states.
If you don’t like the idea of state legislatures BANNING their own citizens from being able to decide what happens in their own towns, with their own land, in regards to an issue that causes 4.0M – upper 5.0M earthquakes which can damage the whole region, not just Oklahoma.
We’re not talking about a small town getting damage.. we’re talking about the entire region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Southern Colorado, Texas, and now Nebraska as well.
All these states, plus the adjacent states who are not doing any oil / fracking operations could receive damage from these operations. Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, and Nebraska just to name a few nearby states that will most certainly see earthquake movement due to these operations in Oklahoma + Texas.
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake is equal to approximately 1 kiloton of TNT (or a small nuclear bomb).
Just a few months ago, Kansas saw its largest earthquake in 140 years directly at a fracking operation … magnitude 4.8 .. meaning the fracking earthquake was more powerful than a nuclear blast.
There have been well over THREE DOZEN 4.0M+ earthquakes in the past 2 years, all in the same region.
Imagine 36 nuclear blasts underground, and then you can begin to understand why it is a bad idea for state legislatures to be doing underhanded business to limit peoples say in the fracking matter.
The force released is equivalent to the underground shockwave of a nuclear explosion without the physical blast.
Here is an example of a 1.7 kiloton blast (observe the shockwave sent out in all directions , not the black explosion which penetrates the surface)