24 Feb '17, 9pm

Quake-Producing Fracking In Pennsylvania Stopped by Company Itself

The fracking operation of a natural gas company in Pennsylvania was found to cause earthquakes in the western part of the state. The owner of the operation, Hilcorp Energy Co., had the facility very near the earthquakes; however, no damage was reported. Regardless, fracking is known to be a method that can cause earthquakes. During fracking, natural gas or oil is extracted; thus, there is empty space underground that might cause sedimentation or collapse. Similarly, in Ohio and neighboring states, there had been a lot of earthquakes due to fracking, but never in Pennsylvania while it is the 2nd largest natural gas producer. Seth Pelepko, an official in the Department of Environmental Protection, said: “This is the first time we have seen that sort of spatial and temporal correlation.” After the earthquakes were observed, Hilcorp Energy stopped extracting the natural gas. J...

Full article: https://www.greenoptimistic.com/quake-fracking-pennsylvan...

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