There was a 4.6 4.8M earthquake last night in the Eagle Ford Shale area. This is getting serious folks.
USGS has updated the magnitude to 4.8
Here are some maps that show the general area of the earthquakes and the extent of drilling in that area.
A very short article in the NY Times that confirms human activity does cause earthquakes.
The British Geological Society confirms their earthquake was caused by fracking.
UPDATE 2: These diagrams were drawn by a petroleum engineer. They show how fracking causes earthquakes.
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kim Feil says
updated to 4.8
The video made by that guy on youtube doesn’t show the RRC maps. And it only points out one (1) drill site. It doesn’t show the half of it. This area is so fracked.
Yeah, I watched that video and it’s a good attempt but that area is covered with fracking.
Mike H. says
Here’s the USGS felt reports:
And, the reported depth of 1.9 miles fits real good with gas drilling activity.
Just look at these maps–want to have a quiet residential homestead for quality of life living around there–forget it. It’s impossible. Just another place that the Gasholes rule.
So is the area beside North West Dallas and all the way south. I’m smelling da*m gas and chemicals all over the place and it is the fracking mess. I am not kidding. I know what I smell and i wish it was flowers they were fracking. It smells like a gas station all over the place. I feel like I live in a gas grill. I have a sensitive nose and I guess others can’t smell it, but I have lived in this area for 40 years and I started smelling what I thought was car emissions/tar/road nasty road pavement about three years ago, and apparently this is when they started. I’m telling you, these people need to be stopped. Perhaps the explosion in Waxahachie will be a wakeup call cause people are scared and complaining about that odor, still. These people doing this are crazy and greedy. Bottom line.
A Nonny Mouse says
There were never any earthquakes in the DFW area until all the fracking. Of course there is a connection. Everywhere they frack there are earthquakes.
EFord S. likes clean air/water says
I felt the bed swaying this morning (homemade frame, sturdy, out of 2×4’s) so much that I woke my wife, she felt the last few seconds. Earlier this week she felt a tremor in the wee hours of the night while nursing the baby. Glad we do not own a home worth several hundred thousand paper bills, just hope the old barns do not fall down. We live about 20 miles from Fashing. The reports of frack trucks around that area make travel there frightful. Earthquakes CAN happen anywhere. JUST FOLLOW THE FRACKERS and be ready be ready to report. Thanks for covering this Sharon.
Zoe Nance says
I don’t live in the area any more because of my accumulating illnesses. What I can tell you since moving, I can actually smell diesel fumes again.
Sr.Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, ccvi says
Looking at these maps, and living in Dewitt County watching rig after rig go up along the Guadallupe River Valley and areas that drain into it makes me wonder if these gas and oil people and the people at the Texas Railroad Commission who permit them to drill there, have any respect left for the rivers and streams of Texas.
My guess would be zero. The ony value is money, as far as I can see.
Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger: There seems to be a total lack of any respect for people, streams, rivers, animals ~ you name it. It’s just such a moral and ethical abyss.
John Doe says
It very well may be the fracking that caused the earth quakes but do you people expect it to all just end? natural gas and oil are two things we need to live our lives. It just so happens that we live in an area where they are having to go get it. In order for us to do things that we take for granted everyday we have to do a few things people may not like. Not saying i agree with everything that is going on but i do believe that what needs to happen is happening.
When you say “you people” who do you mean? Are you talking about the people who live in the middle of the earthquake area? The people like the ones in N. Texas whose foundations are damaged beyond repair from the earthquakes. Texans don’t have earthquake insurance. Who pays for that? Are you willing to chip in to help make them whole since you are so invested in continuing down this same path or do you think it’s just too bad for them? What if you are next? How would you feel then?
If they can’t do this without damaging people’s health and wellbeing, maybe we need to find another way to get our energy.
John Doe says
I apologize for not making it clear who my post was referring to. By “you people” i meant the people that are on this site complaining about all the negative things about fracking. I just find it a little ridiculous that everyone is in an uproar about an earthquake that in all honestly didnt cause very much damage at all. Can you please inform me what website or where you heard that there was “damage beyond repair” from the earthquakes in north texas. From what know there was actually no damage from any of the earthquakes.
We are not use to earthquakes in Texas but they surely are not something that is just starting to happen. Like i said before i may not agree with everything that goes on but i do believe that what needs to happen is happening.
The $100,000 damage to the Boy Scout Museum was reported in the news and on this blog. The other damage was to a neighborhood that I am working with.
So, I take it that you have no problem letting other people make the sacrifices. What does it matter to you? I”m sure your foundation hasn’t suffered. So, you really have nothing to complain about. Do you? But someone with a 2″ crack in their walls and foundation or with a gas well belching toxics at them all the time might be justified in complaining.
Oh, BTW, news just broke that Oklahoma’s earthquakes were caused by fracking and so were the quakes in Europe. So, keep reading.