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Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

Asked by Tropical_Willie (29783points) March 28th, 2016
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The article in the Washington Post this afternoon with info from U.S. Geological Survey says ”...highest risk of man-made earthquakes includes Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio and Alabama.” All areas with active fracking, for oil production. What is going to happen, will the oil companies stop injecting waste water into deep wells, I don’t think so.

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Pachy's avatar

Perhaps yes, perhaps no—whichever you believe, you’ll find plenty of literature to support your belief. Based on what I’ve read (and not just online), it’s far, far more likely that fracking causes dangerous seismic activity than not.

I happen to believe it does. I also believe vaccines are generally safe, climate change is both real and pressing, and aliens from other planets do not walk among us.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The article has said the “waste water” being pumped into the ground the issue not “fracking”.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Yes, it does.

“The article has said the “waste water” being pumped into the ground the issue not “fracking”.”

Fracking requires the pumping of waste water into the ground. That’s how it works.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I live in Ohio where we have had the moratoriums on fracking waste water disposal because of earthquakes, and it definitely seems that way. We had something like 13 earthquakes in one year and prior to that it had been 20 years since I had experienced an earthquake, and we haven’t had any since they stopped.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Pretty good evidence that it does.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

I have read from several sources, including the USGS, that fracking causes earthquakes.
As mentioned above, it is believe to be due to the pumping of high pressure water and other compounds into the earth. But I also wonder if removing the gases from the earth causes movement where the gases used to reside. Is the pressure from the gases helping the earth to maintain its current position?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@SquirrelEStuff The coast of California in the 1940’ and 1950’s had a lot of oil and gas pumped out. I remember a road section in Los Angeles that that shifted down over 8 feet, we use to travel it to visit family friends. It just dropped.

cazzie's avatar

Even the pumping off of the water table causes serious problems. Cities have sunk beyond expectation. That’s a scary Google story in itself.

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