Earthquakes on the horizon – not a pretty picture…

Keep the watch…
Keep the watch…

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend about Fracking which caught my attention. Given that I had just watched a program on latest scientific research on Fracking and Earthquakes sort of motivates me to look deeper into this subject.  Before I had only been exposed to the potential drinking water problems. We’ll save the e-mail plea till the end.

So what about Fracking? I think most everyone would like to have an abundance of fuel for their vehicles. And fracking as a way to reach oil has been going on for a long time. There is more to it once we look closer.

What happens when water is forced into the earth to break up shale so the oil can come out?

It sets up mini earthquake event. All over the world earthquakes occur. Some are only rated as an M3 and we hardly notice, some are M5 with only some homes and streets cracked. Then there are the really big ones that take thousands of lives, mostly from falling buildings. But that is only the beginning…

I found this information online at 9:30 AM December 6, 2016. I hadn’t realized how current this information was. I’s an Internatinal occurrence.

Most Recent Earthquakes Worldwide

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    However, Earthquakes are not like car wrecks where it’s easy to see a cause and effect. Here is a recent article worth the read.

    Oklahoma Earthquakes: The Emerging Risk from Induced Seismicity

    December 1, 2016 by Maiclaire Bolton, Senior Product Manager

    This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic.

    California is typically the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of earthquake activity in the U.S. In recent years, however, the central U.S. – especially Oklahoma, northern Texas and southern Kansas – has been getting more and more attention because of the rapid increase in earthquake activity. In fact, Oklahoma went from being a region of relatively low seismic activity to the state with the highest number of earthquakes per year nationwide in less than a decade. The number of earthquakes at magnitude 2.0 or higher that have occurred in Oklahoma this year is nearly four times greater than California1, with Oklahoma experiencing 528 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher compared with 169 in California1 as of October 6. This rapid increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is highly correlated with oil and gas exploration, specifically the deep injection of waste fluid, a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing process, commonly referred to as fracking.

    But, I’m just a messenger. You may not agree with the scientists. I can understand people who are vested with the Oil Industry. I have my own demons. Next on the horizon may be California near the Andreas Fault where at the southern most area Companies are actually forcing water deep into the earth to harness geological temperature changes to make energy. Predictions are for breaking up of the earth (earthquake) which will send a ripple effect along the length of California to San Francisco of enormous proportions. How do we allow that to happen?

    Other victims of Fracking …

    Just this morning I received this call for help. 

Please consider signing this action request to not allow fracking near Chaco Canyon. And, please share this with friends. Thanks, Bonnie

Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:

From: “Shelley Vinyard, Environment North Carolina Regional Program Director” <>
Date: December 5, 2016 at 5:11:30 PM EST
Subject: Ancient ruins threatened by fracking

Dear Bonnie,

Chaco Canyon is home to thousand-year-old ruins and is one of only four locations designated as a dark sky preserve due to its magnificent star-filled night views. But the Bureau of Land Management is currently considering whether they will sell off areas surrounding Chaco Canyon to frackers.

Say no to fracking around Chaco Canyon.

Fracking would industrialize the area around Chaco Canyon with well pads, machinery, roads, and pipelines. The 24/7 drilling operations would cause constant vibrations that could damage the ancient ruins at Chaco.

And drilling in Chaco Canyon doesn’t just threaten historic structures and a clear night sky — it puts the entire planet at risk by unleashing more fossil fuels that will contribute to global warming. We are already seeing sea levels rise, storms become more severe, and wildfires becoming more frequent.

With less than a month left before the BLM makes a decision, we have to act now to convince them to reject the oil and gas industry’s plans.

Add your name: Don’t frack Chaco Canyon.


Shelley Vinyard
Environment North Carolina Regional Program Director

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