04 Apr '12, 2pm

"Unprecedented" Rise in Earthquakes Directly Linked to Oil and Gas Drilling

"Unprecedented" Rise in Earthquakes Directly Linked to Oil and Gas Drilling

When kelleymcd uploaded the above image to Flickr in November 2011, he/she noted that it showed "earthquakes in Central Oklahoma over the past 36 hours. Another 3.3 happened while I was making this image. This patch is 10 miles x 14 miles in size. Then 5 more aftershocks in the 3.0 range since that." Kelleymcd is an anti-fracking activist, and he clearly attributed the large amount of earthquakes to recent drilling activity—and not without reason. The US Geological Survey (USGS)had already linked 50 Oklahoma earthquakes to fracking , and a British fracking operation had recently fessed up to causing earthquakes in England . Not long after, an earthquake linked to fracking in Ohio was so strong that its effects were felt in Toronto . No wonder people are getting nervous. Now a new report from the USGS to be presented next month at the annual meeting of the Seismological Soc...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/unprecedented-...

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