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Oklahoma earthquakes and fracking - Magical Realist - Jan 9, 2015

"This isn't just the stuff of comic-book villains: Real humans in the real world—actually, in Oklahoma, of all places—can cause earthquakes.

Scientists have known about man-made earthquakes for decades. They've blamed some reservoirs for seismic activity because reservoir water that trickles underground ends up lubricating faults that then slip—or, quake—as a result.

"People thought oh this might be a swarm of earthquakes... But this has just gone on and on."
These days, there appears to be a more common and growing culprit: fracking. (Scientists believe it's the deep disposal of wastewater from fracking that incites seismic events.) Some states where fracking is on the rise are in turn experiencing more and more earthquakes—which is why earthquake scientists believe the big one could strike Oklahoma any moment. "People are starting to compare Oklahoma to California in terms of the rate of magnitude-threes and larger," said Robert Williams, a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Geological Survey issued a warning saying it's crucial for Oklahomans to prepare for the "increased hazard." That prediction is based on a flurry of earthquakes that registered at least 3.0 or higher in magnitude, an uptick that scientists agree is linked to fracking in the state. More on that in a minute. First, let's look at how seismic activity has changed in Oklahoma."====http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/man-made-earthquakes-are-altering-the-geologic-landscape/372243/


RE: Oklahoma earthquakes and fracking - C C - Jan 10, 2015

And we all know what "frack" means in space opera terminology. The hydraulic process itself coincidental yet appropriately named in terms of how it screws-over the geological environment.

"A campaign in the United Kingdom aimed to prevent the commencing of a controversial method of shale gas extraction known as fracking have organised themselves under the name Frack Off."