07 Nov '11, 2am

Oklahoma Earthquake Linked to Fracking? My latest at @earthindustry

There are many hydraulic fracking wells in the immediate area of the 5.6 quake’s epicenter. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9fS3ouatds ) It is well known that earthquakes take place along faults when two conditions occur: 1) When there is a change in the pressure stasis or balance along a fault and 2) when water at a fault “lubricates” the fault causing it to slip (quake). Fracking sets up both conditions. In the Oklahoma case there is a fault in the immediate area of many hydraulic fracking wells. A large amount of fracking and the removal of substantial high pressure gas can certainly change the pressure balance along the fault. And the fracking process itself explosively injects millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals into rock layers turning them into an oily slurry. If that liquid mix gets to and follows a fault line, it can have an effect similar to t...

Full article: http://earthandindustry.com/2011/11/oklahoma-earthquake-l...

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