Skip to main content

Oklahoma Earthquake Rate Breaking Records, and Fracking Could Be to Blame

USGS: Increased seismic activity not due to typical, random fluctuations, but to oil, gas injection wells

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Image: USGSFracking-related injection wells are likely behind the "remarkable" increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have said.

 

The USGS and the Oklahoma Geological Survey on Friday issued a joint statement warning that the surging seismicity — up roughly 50 percent since October 2013 — means that central Oklahoma is at a significantly increased risk of a 5.5 or greater quake.

 

Since just the start of this year, 145 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have struck the state, breaking the record 109 set last year.

Those numbers are a far cry from the two 3.0 magnitude or larger earthquakes per year that occurred between 1978 and 2008.

 

The USGS stated that the changes"do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates."

 

Rather, the USGS analysis points to wastewater injection wells from the oil and gas industry as a likely culprit. Fracking operations use these Class 2 wells to inject the mystery mix of waste fluids into the earth. A 2010 EPA analysis showed that Oklahoma had over 10,000 such wells.

 

A recent study by the USGS also points to wastewater injection as the likely cause of the November 2011 5.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma, and proceeded to cause a series of "thousands of aftershocks."

The USGS has previously remarked on the surge in earthquakes nationwide, with over 100 per year on average from 2010 - 2013, in contrast to the average rate of 20 earthquakes per year from 1970-2000, noting that some of the areas of increased seismicity coincide with injection wells.

 

The USGS states: "As the use of injection for disposal of wastewater increases, the importance of knowing the associated risks also grows. To meet these challenges, the USGS hopes to increase research efforts to understand the causes and effects of injection-induced earthquakes."

________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

  I agree.  Folks keep forgetting that America...well parts of North America just came outta the little ice age less than a thousand years ago-500 years before Native Americans migrate there [which includes areas close to mayan,and aztec regents].  So it's just a matter of time before the opposite affect begins to happen again.  Plus all the toxins used and the coast line fracking that are done are an essential causes for the onset of global warming.  Massa been knowing about this.  But!  It's all about that ole mighty dollar until the seasons in the country became sporastic[sp] and the weather people won't be able to predict the weather.  Then folks are gonna wanna do something about it....then it will be tooooo late.  But!  

All these weapons blowing holes in the earth, dropping into the oceans that have never detonated, rotting ships laying on the ocean floor, guns blasting through all these damn wars, all these centuries, surely must more than contribute to these deadly weather patterns, also.  All the smoke and debris from this crap goes into the atmosphere.  I believe man, with all his self-imposed glory, has to be the DUMBEST most INSANE animal that patrols Earth.

How close is what they are injecting to the Ogalala Aquifer?

 

If they are producing high pressure and the pressure in the aquifer is going down could the stuff they are injecting leak into the aquifer?

 

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/...mination-in-wyoming/

 

I haven't heard this in the media but when I saw the map of fracking in Oklahoma I knew the Ogalala was somewhere near by.

 

So what will they say if they contaminate the aquifer?   OOPS!

 

Xum

Last edited by Xumbrarchist

Add Reply

Post
×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×