Fracking causes earthquakes (DUH!)

There's ample evidence that fracking causes earthquakes. It's well known, it's logical, it's demonstrated and reasonable people can easily see how it happens.

So recently it's big news that Ohio geologists have linked fracking to earthquakes that occurred there.

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors have been tied directly to fracking

Excuse me? Earthquakes had been linked to fracking, but this is now the first time (in Ohio) that earthquakes were...umm...linked to fracking.

It is indeed possible to deny that fracking causes earthquakes, and idiots and morons who do so are entitled to their own stupid opinions.

But there's little question that fracking causes earthquakes. News articles that say that fracking causes earthquakes aren't news.

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The fix

So now that it's difficult to deny that fracking causes earthquakes, what will Ohio do about it?

Under the new permit conditions, all new drilling sites in Ohio within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn't reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily.

If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.

That's right. To prevent the earthquakes caused by fracking, Ohio is going to require that the earthquakes caused by fracking be detected. The right-wing nut jobs are in charge in Ohio, so it's little wonder that they don't know the difference between prevention and detection.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The defense

It's no big deal, really. The GOP is well versed in how to deny clear scientific consensus and evidence.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The first link in the post

(the one with the text "fracking") is to an article about Oklahoma's earthquakes. Apologies for cramming three separate links together in one phrase.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Unfortunately

many of these pro-fracking red states apparently have some stupid or dishonest "researchers". In the face of some clear and simple evidence, they just can't reach a conclusion that, well, maybe it's likely or at least possible that fracking causes earthquakes.

There's clear correlation that when fracking starts, earthquakes start; when fracking increases, earthquakes increase. We recognize that correlation is not causation. So it's also interesting that, in Arkansas, when they got worried enough to stop fracking, the earthquakes stopped. Then they restarted fracking and the earthquakes restarted.

This is not rocket science, but it is science, and although it is probably useful to perform many tests and take many measurements to prove causation and better understand the phenomenon, it hardly seems necessary to complete all that work before concluding that IT'S THE FRACKING STUPID.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014