After averaging 2 significant earthquakes per year for 30 years, Oklahoma's magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes shot up to 145 in less than half of this year. The jump in earthquakes coincides with (SURPRISE!) Oklahoma's beginning fracking operations.
Today Oklahoma experienced a 4.2 magnitude earthquake. That's significant. It would seem that perhaps fracking can produce big earthquakes, too, not just lots of small ones.
Although the powers that be in Oklahoma, and elsewhere, still won't admit that all the earthquakes are caused by fracking. Just a coincidence, you know.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:28pm
There was a moment at this morning's Senate Rules Committee meeting at NCGA that left me scratching my head…. I hope y'all can help clarify something for me.
The bill being discussed was HB 761. This huge, 62 page Proposed Committee Substitute covers everything from Ambiant Air Monitoring and Animal Euthanasia Requirements to making it a Class H felony to poach venus fly traps from the only area where they grow in the wild (down east NC).
Paul Thayer has a pretty good idea what the Davie shale basin holds. After all, the 6-mile wide by 4-6-mile long shale basin was the subject of his dissertation for his doctorate in geology from UNC Chapel Hill, making him the only geologist around who has studied it extensively. Asked to weigh in on a proposal for the state to pay for test drilling in the basin, Thayer delivered a blunt response: “My take is, No. 1, that would be a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Thayer, now a professor emeritus of geology at UNC Wilmington. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky thing.”
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