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AP: AR Earthquakes Are Due To Fracking

From an ever so subtle Associated Press:

Ark. cities feel unexplained surge in earthquakes

By Sarah Eddington, Associated Press Thu Feb 17, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – … Several small earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 3.8 have rattled the north-central Arkansas cities of Greenbrier and Guy this week, and the cause is unknown.

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported more than 30 earthquakes in the area since Sunday, including a magnitude 3.8 quake Thursday morning and at least 16 others occurring Wednesday, two of which were magnitude 3.2 and 3.5. More than 700 quakes have occurred in the region over the past six months.

Scott Ausbrooks, geohazards supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, said the quakes are part of what is now called the Guy earthquake swarm — a series of mild earthquakes that have been occurring periodically since 2009. A similar swarm occurred in the early 1980s when a series of quakes hit Enola, Ark.

Ausbrooks said geologists are still trying to discover the exact cause of the recent seismic activity but have identified two possibilities.

"It could just be a naturally occurring swarm like the Enola swarm, or it could be related to ongoing natural gas exploration in the area," he said.

Don’t kid yourself. Like NASA, like the NOAA, the US Geological Survey and its state offspring are being enlisted by the Obama administration to help them advance their agenda.

Mr. Obama does not want us to develop any of our domestic fossil fuel energy resources – such as ‘fracking’ provides. That would distract us from the promising energy sources of the future, such as solar power and wind mills.

A major source of natural gas in Arkansas is the Fayetteville Shale, an organically-rich rock formation in north-central Arkansas. Drillers free up the gas by using hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" — injecting pressurized water to create fractures deep in the ground.

Ausbrooks said geologists don’t believe the production wells are the problem, but rather the injection wells that are used to dispose of "frack" water when it can no longer be re-used. The wastewater is pressurized and injected into the ground

Guy Police Chief Dave Martini said the locals continue to blame the gas companies for the quakes.

"We have a disposal well here just outside of the city," Martini said. "People are suspecting that to be causing it, even though there isn’t any proof of that."

Who needs proof – especially when there is an agenda to advance?

Martini said the earthquakes started increasing in frequency over the past week and that the disposal well has seen an increase in use recently.

Lawrence Bengal, director of the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission, said a six-month moratorium was established in January on new injection wells in the area. He said four companies are operating already-drilled injection wells: SEECO Inc., Chesapeake Operating Inc., Clarita Operating LLC and Deep-Six Water Disposal Services LLC.

The moratorium, which is expected to end in July, is intended to allow time to study the relationship — if any — between the injection wells and earthquakes in the area

This moratorium "which is expected to end in July" will undoubtedly be extended. After all, we can’t be too careful.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “AP: AR Earthquakes Are Due To Fracking”

  1. heykev says:

    And I thought it was Wal-Mart’s fault. Afterall, Wal-Mart is based in AR.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    A long time ago – I lived in MO – sorry to use a bit of historical knowledge here – but that area is considered a fault zone (much like CA) – and we were warned (by the liberal ‘the sky is falling, now’ wackos) that any moment – the big one would hit.

    The only human involvement with earthquakes is the stupid ones who build and live on a fault – but looking to history again – it seems to be part of the human condition to live near volcanoes, faults and of course on the flood plain. Go figure.

    And according to this drivel – TX, OK and WY – should have been reduced to rubble – because I remember as a young child/teen – seeing all the oil rigs – and guess what – they didn’t rumble apart. At. All. Ever.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    Notice the nice explanations of what fracking is. Then how they blame it. Oh, wait…actually blaming the pools of spent water. And then notice there is no explanation how a latent body of spent water could be causing the earthquakes. They’ve muddled the lines between everything so well here that it goes to reason that all liberal greenies and their potential minions are sitting hypnotized by this article, drooling and nodding their head in assention.

    Also notice that there is no relationship given between the natural gas exploration area and the two cities feeling the earthquakes. How far apart or close together are they, actually?

    Also notice that those earthquakes are being felt by seismographs. Didn’t read anything about the people complaining. To my knowledge, earthquakes in the range measured in this article are not normally felt by persons.

    Funny how they can predict with near certainty where the next earthquakes in Turkey will hit, seeing as how Turkey sits on a fault line that, when it moves, is dangerous and appears to shift the major earthquakes down the line. But no one can predict why there are a bunch of little quakes in one localized area (not a whole dang country) over a specific period of time (not whenever the mood strikes).

    I also want to know where are all the calls to the international community? Someone sneezes in a third-world Muslim country and causes an earthquake, we’re expected to empty our pockets to charity. For the children. [sniff] Yet…

    Maybe a little investigative reporting – comparing this to what happens in countries that frack for natural gas and if they do/do not have earthquakes in the region – may have been a good idea. Without it – it becomes obvious that this is a puff piece. Glad to see AP is still keeping it classy. [thumbs up]

    • lmc42410 says:

      I live in the area and in response to your comment:
      “Also notice that there is no relationship given between the natural gas exploration area and the two cities feeling the earthquakes. How far apart or close together are they, actually?
      Also notice that those earthquakes are being felt by seismographs. Didn’t read anything about the people complaining. To my knowledge, earthquakes in the range measured in this article are not normally felt by persons.”
      Guy and Greenbrier are neighboring cities. I could get up right now and be out of Greenbrier and into Guy in about 7 minutes.
      The earthquakes are very much felt by the people of the cities and it is very annoying and getting scary. I cannot tell you how many I feel and hear during the day, or how many times I’ve been woken up by them. A 4.3 occurred last night and knocked pictures off of my walls and shook things out of my cabinets. It was so loud my 10 week old woke up crying, and he usually sleeps through everything.

      I don’t know why they are happening but I wish that someone would get to the bottom of it and we can move on with our lives. I do know that I want the gas and oil rigs would finish up and move out because whether or not they have anything to do with earthquakes, they demolish the roads.

      In response to this:
      “I also want to know where are all the calls to the international community? Someone sneezes in a third-world Muslim country and causes an earthquake, we’re expected to empty our pockets to charity. For the children. [sniff] Yet…” I could not agree more!

  4. bill says:

    Just when we thought these things were caused by global warming, up pops another cause, drilling for oil. Funny how this works.

    Do you really think it could be Wal-Mart??

    Propaganda requires a certain liberal pose, if it resembles a pretzel, maybe no one will notice.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Any fans of Joss Whedon’s SERENITY, here?

    ‘Cause if there are you know what frack’ means.


    And the Rockefeller hive known as the Ark of Kansas and the home base of Morals & Dogma author Albert Pike, 33rd Degree Freemason and disciple of Lucifer … well, it just may be fracked.

    • tranquil.night says:

      That’s a great call GBJ. A lot of people at Urban Dictionary think it was Battlestar to employ it, but definately Firefly/Serenity.

      That’s a must-see work of art series, even if you don’t appreciate SciFi.

    • untrainable says:

      Scifi Geek Alert. Actually they used the term in the original BSG back in the 70’s, long before Firefly. Though I love them both. When I saw the title of the article “AP: AR Earthquakes Are Due To Fracking”, my first thought was… Due to fracking what?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Oh gosh, I always forget about the original BG (only seen the modern one).

      But through the eyes of your average Envirofascist, that’s all of what evil BigOil companies do is Frack our poor Mother Earth.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    There’s a lake in Yellowstone National Park. It has been of interest to geologists of late because it has been getting shallower at one end and deeper at the other. The estimated cause? Fracking? No. AGW? No. There is a huge lava dome underneath Yellowstone and it is presumed to be shifting.

    Among other things, it is also the key power source for “Old Faithful” and the boiling springs that smell of sulfur. Since man has been expressly prohibited from taking any geologic action there and the fact that there hasn’t been any man-made activity (other than walking about) I therefore conclude that it’s man’s trespassing on Gaia that has caused the lake levels to change. I’m not a geologist, or a scientist, but give me some time and I’ll find some half-rate people with official sounding titles who can put forth some “studies” to prove my point. Then, I’ll figure out a way to capitalize on it by having seminars and sell books and movies about it. Maybe even get me one of them Noble Piece Prizes like the prezdint got. This time next year, I’ll be rolling in it. (I mean, in money). Right?

    • TerryAnne says:

      It’s because people are getting fatter, due to the obesity epidemic. They, therefore, move the Earth like never before. Damn, McSatan!

    • proreason says:

      That lava dome is getting a lot worse because of AGW.

      If we don’t raise taxes and get some of the windmill guys involved, it will wipe out the human race.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Read about Hebgen Lake MT – the earthquake occurred in 1959 – my family was in MT at the time and felt ‘rumbles’ of it in Rollins (think two different sides of the state). As a kid I was just amazed at the results of this event – a mountain that even in 1969 (last time I saw it) was ripped bare of vegetation, the board fence curved as a result of the earthquake – but mostly a lake where none existed before as Madison River was damned up as a result and thus created Hebgen Lake.

      And why do I mention this here – It’s part of Yellowstone.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Well, Hugo the Hamster did postulate that we used our Earthquake Machine on the unsuspecting Haitians.

    I’ll tell you what though; this government keeps fracking its people with its completely fraudulent and destructive agenda, and you’ll see a political earthquake more off the scale than 2010.

  8. TerryAnne says:

    Just thought of something…

    Didn’t a whole load of birds start falling out of the sky in that area recently? I do know that birds tend to flee just before an earthquake.

    No tin foil hat stuff. Just my mind maybe putting square pegs in round holes.

  9. Right of the People says:

    They can’t figure out the cause of the quakes because they’re using the same scientific principles as they use to plot global warming, I mean climate change. I think they learned it in Haiti, it’s call voodoo.

  10. NoNeoCommies says:

    Great news!
    Now we know we can preemptively release pressure on out fault systems in the People’s Republik or Kalifornia by fracking them.
    I think that is a better way to spend money than a BULL-et train.

  11. Astravogel says:

    Some scientists have postulated that the wind
    is caused by trees waving their branches. They’re
    seeking funding for the cause of winds in deserts.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      NOAA just got approved for $200 million to plant connifers in the deserts of California to test the theory. They already know the results but are just setting out to prove it. I asked them “What about when they all die for lack of water?”, they answered that they will siphon water away from Los Angeles to protect the trees.

      Good plan. (Also not a true story…Made it up, I did.)

  12. Zilla says:

    It’s fracing. Not fracking. There is no “k”. I’ve been in the frac business for 30 years. Man, I must be really evil.

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