Some people aren’t buying the official story about the earthquakes. It seems they don’t trust Big Gas.
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Remember Don Young’s rule #1 when you read this article. (Rule #1: Never believe anything gas drillers say. Never.)
Keep in mind that Julie Wilson doesn’t know Jack about geoscience. She is just a PR prostitute who didn’t even know any impressive O&G vocabulary until she got hired to help rape Fort Worth. Perryman is just a faux economist with a Ph.D. who makes a living hyping the Barnett Shale. He knows nothing about geoscience. Larry Lunardi is an employee of CHK who, while he may be VP for geoscience, is surely not a geoscientist today–if he ever was. He has sold out to the corporation–so what do you expect him to say?
Notice how airport spokesman David Magana is quick to point out that everything at the DFW airport has been done strictly by the regulations, and he feels good about that. (Jerry’s Rule # 1: Regulation is not regulation. It has nothing to do with public health or public safety. It is done to legally insulate drillers from liability.)
The following diagrams drawn by Dale Henry, a petroleum engineer wtih over 50 years in the oil patch, dipict how hydraulic fracturing adds stress to earth’s mass which can cause earthquakes.
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Jerry made special note of the following paragraphs from the Star-Telegram article.
“There is a relationship,” Cliff Frohlich, senior research scientist and associate director of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, said in an interview. “We have not proven it with scientific certainty, but we’re looking at these as induced earthquakes.”
Wells have sprung up near housing developments and businesses since new technology made producing the gas financially viable. [NOTE from Jerry: Unusual honesty here. Note that “financially viable” does not equate to “safe and/or sensible”.]
Antoher reader noted that the WSJ article got it wrong in claiming there had been no damage. $100,000.00 worth of damage to the Boy Scout’s building is significant. Surely there are other buildings in the area that sustained damage.
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