It is time for industry to pay for frackquake damage.
Three papers dealing with frackquakes came out this week, one from University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey, another from Stanford University and another from Caltech.
From the University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey:
“the entire increase in the number of earthquakes in the U.S. midcontinent is associated with injection wells…” Inside Climate News, Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that of the underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, those involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes. Source
From two geologists at Stanford University:
greater seismicity in certain counties in Oklahoma was often preceded by 5- to 10-fold increases in the volume of wastewater injected. Inside Climate News
From CalTech, where they injected only 250 gallons of fluid into a fault where sensors had been installed:
Now, for the first time, researchers at Caltech and other institutions in the United States and France have observed how fluid injection sets off microearthquakes on a sizable, subterranean fault.
Fluid Injection’s Role in Man-Made Earthquakes Revealed
Science is finally catching up to what people who live near fracking have known for years. Fracking causes earthquakes. While science is catching up and industry is denying any responsibility while raking in profit, people are getting hurt.
It’s time for industry to pay for frackquake damage.