If you have been following my blog posts about how earthquakes follow fracking around, this is not news to you. To all the rest…
Oklahoma’s quakes have
not now been blamed on fracking and so have the quakes in UK.
From Greenwire, not yet available online:
Okla. quakes associated with fracking
Paul Voosen, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Hydraulic fracturing may be in for a bumpy ride.
A previously unreported study out of the Oklahoma Geological Survey has found that hydraulic fracturing may have triggered a swarm of small earthquakes earlier this year in Oklahoma. The quakes, which struck on Jan. 18 in a rural area near Elmore City, peaked at magnitude 2.8 and caused no deaths or property damage.
The study, currently being prepared for peer review, follows news today that Cuadrilla Resources, a British shale gas developer, has found that it was “highly probable” its fracturing operations caused minor quakes of magnitude 2.3 and 1.5 in Lancashire, England (Greenwire, Nov. 2). The Cuadrilla study could complicate the expansion of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in risk-averse Europe, where France has already banned the practice.
A spokesman said on Wednesday tremors were triggered by pumping vast quantities of water at high pressure 3 kilometres underground through drill holes in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is designed to prop open shale rocks and release trapped gas.
Unlike the US where the Big Gas Mafia is king, the UK has suspended fracking.
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