Fracking must stop!

We stand united with all those affected in Arkansas by the practises of the Gas Industry.

Stop fracking now and make proper open investigations into the problems and associated risks of hydraulic fracturing and high pressure disposal injection.

The people of Arkansas and other states with fracking and well injection need their voices heard and the truth needs to be shared. The front-line in the struggle is in Faulkner County, Arkansas. Because the residents are experiencing a swarm of earthquakes, their air and water are threatened.

I does not matter if geologists believe fracking causes earthquakes or not. The fact is that there is totally undeniable evidence that it poisons drinking water wells. That alone is more than enough reason to STOP!
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Bombshell Report Links Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

Source: Business Insider

In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.
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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Scientists search for link between man and earthquakes in Oklahoma

Source: The Wichita Eagle

Scientists were swarming around central Oklahoma last week planting seismometers and digging through records in an effort to answer the question of the moment: Did oil and gas fracking cause last week’s unnervingly strong earthquakes?

On the face of it, it seems ridiculous that the small amount of activity involved in drilling a well could unleash the vast energy that shook the ground across seven states. The tremors might, in fact, turn out to be purely natural events.

Ridiculous is it? Does not seem so to me, but then I only study earthquakes so what do I know? I mean the gas people know that drilling does not cause earthquakes!

I like the picture of a ‘swarm’ of scientists however ineffective it may be. Guess we can look forward to another oil/gas industry whitewash then.

They want to see if any of the recent activity can be traced to a man-made cause.

“We are very much interested in answering that question,” said Art McGarr, a seismologist at the USGS’s western center in Menlo Park, Calif. and an expert on man-made earthquakes.

He said the agency hopes to have a preliminary answer within a couple weeks. The National Academy of Sciences is studying the seismic effects of energy drilling and mining and will issue a report next spring.

Not exactly in a tearing hurry then!

And finally

Kevin White, senior vice president of SandRidge Energy, an Oklahoma City company with nearly a million acres of leases in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas, said he didn’t think the issues has much application to Kansas. The oil-bearing formation in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas, the Mississippian limestone, is different than the shale formations that have generated much of the earthquake concerns. Their wastewater goes into a formation called the Arbuckle in virtually unlimited quantities without increasing the pressure.

“It’s a 1,000 feet thick and it just takes the water like a sponge,” White said.

Nail that one to that person’s headstone! Yes soaks it up and spits it out again later. Nothing can soak up water and retain it for ever. It will come out and it will contaminate wide areas.

The reference at the end to producing a Mag 5.0 was where the USGS were playing with injection turning earthquakes off and on as an experiment. If they can produce a Mag 5.0 experimentally you can rest assured that lubricating a fault line can do the same.

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To frac or not to frac, that is the question.

William Shakespeare, bard of Avon, was vehemently against fracking and in his play Hamlet wrote the world famous soliloquy “To frac or not to frac, that is the question”

To frac, or not to frac, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The poison and quakes of outrageous drillers,
Or to take arms against this sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To cry, to weep,
No more; and by action to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand unnatural shocks
We have to bear: ’tis a termination
Devoutly to be wished. To cry, to weep;
To weep, perchance to scream – ay, there’s the rub:
For in that scream of gas what peace may come,
When we have shuffled past the city hall,
And cast our vote, and yet gained no respect
From those that make calamity of life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of ptb,
The oppressor’s wrong, the rich man’s profit,
The pains of poisoned drink, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the lies
That geologists on oilmen’s payroll tell,
When they themselves refuse to drink the well.
With a fracked well who would the water drink?
To groan and sweat under a fearful life,
Come home and risk the gasmen’s creeping death,
The painful joint, the cancerous swell of flesh,
The silent killer of uranium finds the brain
And makes us sick of all those ills we have.
So fly to others can we thus escape the toll?
No conscience does make spectres of us all,
As thoughtless men pursue with blighted resolution
To sickly frack the gas from all the land, no thought
But enterprise, for gain and careless of the moment,
That nature is destroyed, her beauty turned awry,
And lost in the name of profit. Speak your vow,
This fracking stop! People, in thy fury
Purge the land of gasmen’s evil now.

(Sorry Bill, please forgive me.)

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Pressurised injection causes earthquakes in Iceland

Source: Human made earthquakes in Hengill volcano

It appears that operations of Orkuveita Reykjavíkur are creating the earthquake swarms that have been seen in Hengill volcanoo. But as part of operations in Hengill geothermal plant they pump down cold water into the bed rock under considerable pressure. This is according to Sigþrúður Ármannsdóttir a geologist at Icelandic Met Office.

It would appear that yet another one pumping water under pressure is evidently causing earthquakes. Whilst Arkansas is not sitting on an active volcano 🙂 it still illustrates the point that pressure injection and earthquakes go hand in hand.

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