Oklahoma Study Finds Link Between Wastewater Injection And Earthquakes

Deep_injection_wellWe recently discussed how Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, mocked the overwhelming consensus of scientists around the world on global warming. There have been similar denials of the link between earthquakes and the highly profitable practice of injecting wastewater into the ground from oil and gas production. Now, Oklahoma geologists have found strong evidence of the long-suggested link between waste injection and the massive increase in earthquakes in the state.

Farmers in states like Nebraska have been protesting state boards that continue this disposal technique, as we discussed in this story out of Kansas. These boards are often criticized as stacked with pro-industry members who refuse to consider the rising objections over contamination and earthquakes.

Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008. Average people have to pay for the damage and injuries as these companies dump and move on in a highly profitable enterprise.

Despite the past denials, the increase has been astonishing in a relatively short time. In 2014, the state recorded 585 quakes of magnitude 3 or greater. In 2013, the number was 109 in 2013. Prior to 2008, Oklahoma averaged less than two a year.

The injection practice is in a part a result of the controversial system of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which generates huge amounts of wastewater. However, most of the waste is coming from other industry sources.

Despite the conclusions of the study, the industry remains opposed to any action at this time. Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association (OKOGA) President Chad Warmington issued a statement stating, “There may be a link between earthquakes and disposal wells, but we… still don’t know enough about how wastewater injection impacts Oklahoma’s underground faults.” In other worlds, it is nothing to get all shook up over.

Source: Yahoo

56 thoughts on “Oklahoma Study Finds Link Between Wastewater Injection And Earthquakes”

  1. Politicized “science” pollutes! Who to believe, the big government scientists or the big business scientists?

  2. Fracking is a problem in Oklahoma and North Texas. Guess it is easy to ignore the earth quakes and other associated problems for those that live elsewhere.

  3. We haven’t had a Rachel Maddow link in months. LOL! Is she still on the air?

  4. I would urge people who are letting emotion run their thoughts on this issue to read the July 2013 piece in Reason Magazine, a logic based publication. The title is, The TOP 5 LIES ABOUT FRACKING. The movie, Gasland is a propaganda “documentary” not preventing Gasland 2 from being made. LOL! There MAY BE a connection, but the alleged “connections” to ground water contamination, air pollution, etc. made in Gasland wre PROVEN FALSE. So, pardon me for not eating the feces I’m being fed on the subject!

    Fracking is a real problem for global warming lemmings. it is making oil much more plentiful and cheap. So, it must be stopped by any means necessary. JT is a global warming fanatic and this post shows just how badly he is infected w/ that virulent virus.

  5. Most people in north Texas are very pro oil but they also realize the damage that fracking is causing.

  6. We KNOW there have been lies spread by anti oil zealots about fraking. Are they the “most people?”

  7. Is the “realize” based on research or supposition? And who are “most people?” Pretty lame and emotional when research and logic is needed.

  8. Anine, I am posting on this because I have been in a few of these north Texas earth quakes. Glad SMU decided to do a study. Most people in the area realize these quakes are fraking related. They were getting quakes at the airport so they shut the drilling down there.

  9. More research is indeed warranted. But, emotion is what drives the anti oil cartel. And, patience is not a quality liberals possess. They require lockstep fascist compliance. I need more information before making an informed opinion. To some here, that makes GaryT and I “knuckle draggers.”

  10. “Quoted by
    Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Steyn, Daniel Pipes , Glenn Reynolds, Allen West, Lou Dobbs, Dick Morris, Ed Driscoll, Richard Fernandez, Andrew Bostom, Caroline Glick, Andrew Bolt, Pamela Geller, Tim Blair, Judith Klinghoffer, Phyllis Chesler, Robert Spencer, Melanie Philips , Michelle Malkin, Victor Davis Hanson, The Blaze, National Review and FOX News”
    Of course, and that is why Pogo often doesn’t list his sources.

  11. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20150421-azle-earthquakes-likely-caused-by-oil-and-gas-operations-study-says.ece “Oil and gas operations are the most likely cause of dozens of earthquakes that began rattling the North Texas towns of Azle and Reno in November 2013, a group of scientists has concluded.

    The study, led by researchers at SMU and published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, presents some of the most conclusive evidence yet that humans are shifting faults below Dallas-Fort Worth that have not budged in hundreds of millions of years.

    While experts have not yet determined what’s causing the shaking in Dallas and Irving, the new paper previews aspects of that study and includes suggestions that will help speed research.”

  12. There are sensible uses of trains. But, liberals are by definition, not sensible. We went to a Dodger game last Sunday. We stayed in Pasadena. The light rail was a block from our hotel. You take a 20 minute ride to Union Station where the Dodgers have free shuttle buses for the 7 minute ride to the ballpark. Here’s the problem. Being seniors, the price for my bride and myself was 35cents!! That’s ridiculous. Some hard working taxpayer is subsidizing us, who can, and would, pay much more. Some housekeeper is working on her knees all day so myself and my bride can ride the light rail for virtually nothing.

  13. The fascist leader of FFS is killing his own blog, bringing the commenters who now see his evil ways back to a place where the blogger is righteous. It’s dead over there! Good to see the smart and more even handed people returning to a truly free speech forum, not some 3rd rate echo chamber.

  14. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150423-dallas-fort-worth-quake-risk-more-than-tripled-since-2008-usgs-says.ece “North Texas is one of 17 regions in eight states that have experienced significantly increased rates of earthquakes, according to the report. The study blames the increase on the disposal of wastewater from energy production into deep wells. Fluid from those wells can elevate underground pressure near faults, causing them to slip and shake the ground. Only a small fraction of wastewater wells have been shown to cause earthquakes.

    “All indications are that earthquake rates have increased significantly as a result of man-made activity,” said Petersen. He spoke during a news briefing from Pasadena, Calif., where the Seismological Society of America was holding its annual meeting.”

  15. GaryT, Good comment. I think this study may be legit. I THINK, I AM NOT A LEMMING, however. I don’t know this study is conclusive. There is a real lemming mentality regarding oil haters.

  16. Pogo, Issac never met a tax he didn’t like. Or better yet, never has a suggested fix for a problem without it calling for the govt. to steal more of our liberty and property. He even admits to the fact that the he doesn’t even care if the taxes go towards what they were taken for. I would love for the U.S. to become more isolationist and let all these wonderful countries Issac likes to claim defend for themselves. He never recognizes this.

    Amtrak runs in a deficit every year much like the USPS. It’s easy to run a business when you don’t have to worry about making a profit.

  17. Looks like JT is working on getting his street cred back w/ his liberal friends and family w/ posts like this and gay marriage. The throwing global warming into this post, the 2 being unrelated except for their obsessive hate of oil, is the tell.

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