EQ Swarms & Global Fracking!

Published on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org)
Frackers Are Setting off Swarms of Earthquakes Across the Planet
The Tyee [1] / By Andrew Nikiforuk [2]
February 3, 2014  |

ENVIRONS_EQ-FRAC'GThe locals call it “incoming,” and some compare the violence of the tremors to living in a war zone.

Others say it’s like having their homes hit by a truck.

The scene is north Texas, home to the Barnett Shale, the largest unconventional gas field in the United States.

There, industry, often touted as the new engine of the U.S. economy, has punctured and fractured the landscape with 17,000 gas wells, as well as thousands of disposal sites to get rid of related toxic waste fluids.

It’s in north Texas where the unconventional gas industry, together with what it calls the “safe and proven” practice of hydraulic fracturing, has been making unconventional, earth-shattering headlines.

In the last three months, the community of Azle, located just northwest of Fort Worth, has suffered a swarm of earthquakes — more than 30 — that has cracked the foundations of the houses, frightened local residents, created sinkholes and raised concerns about property values.

Five quakes in January alone ranged from a magnitude of 2.3 to 3.1. “We’re sitting there, and 11:40, it rumbled right on through the house,” Azle resident Tracy Strickland told [3] KERA news, a public broadcaster in north Texas earlier this month.

“It feels like a truck hits the back of the house, and the whole house just shakes. So, it’s something.”

In many respects the Texas tremors, along with significant earthquakes in Groningen, Holland, offer a glimpse of the geological challenges that will accompany massive drilling activity in northern British Columbia to support the provincial government’s scheme to export unconventional gas to Asia.

After an angry town hall meeting in early January, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, vowed to hire an earthquake specialist to study the phenomenon. It initially denied any connection between tremors and oil and gas activity.

“No disrespect, but this isn’t rocket science here,” Lynda Stokes, the mayor of Reno, Texas (a community near Azle) recently told officials at a 300-strong protest in the state capitol, Austin. “Common sense tells you the wells are playing a big role in all this.”

Quaking and fracking

So, too, does the science.

A string of studies, including one by British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission, have not only implicated hydraulic fracturing but the related practice of pumping dirty wastewater deep underground as the cause of unprecedented swarms of earthquakes in Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, B.C. and even Alberta. (Read Full Article)



1 Comment

  1. roberthenryfischat said,

    February 5, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Reblogged this on robert's space and commented:
    bloody fool…..i will bend the light.

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