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Did Fracking Cause the Virginia Earthquake?

Update for November 2011: Fracking could be to blame
for earthquakes in Oklahoma. Story: here.


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According to geologists, it isn’t the fracking itself that is linked to earthquakes, but the re-injection of waste salt water (as much as 3 million gallons per well) deep into rock beds.

Braxton County West Virginia (160 miles from Mineral) has experienced a rash of freak earthquakes (eight in 2010) since fracking operations started there several years ago. According to geologists fracking also caused an outbreak of thousands of minor earthquakes in Arkansas (as many as two dozen in a single day). It’s also linked to freak earthquakes in Texas, western New York, Oklahoma and Blackpool, England (which had never recorded an earthquake before).

via OpEdNews – Article: Did Fracking Cause the Virginia Earthquake?.

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