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Ohio Links Fracking To Earthquakes

First time actual process blamed for small tremors

April 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit......

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Apr-14-14 2:19 PM

Don't you just love it, when the Government gives themselves a 'way out' saying 'we're not sure' LOL..

Its a shame, but, its going to take a major quake, and someone getting killed, before anyone will start looking hard at fracking.

Then, it will be tossed into the backburner, as something trivial that it happened and with out explanation!

People in Oaklahoma and those West of us, know the downfall of fracking on their lands, (Some of them weren't even given a chance to say 'no', or, if they did say no, they still had to give into having their land fracked).

Sure, there are always acciddnts in a job site, but, these well fires are getting more common all the time, and people are dying, who shouldn't be. Where is the oversite people checking out the safety of the work place? OSHA must not have any authority in there, because they are absent until a death or fire erupts, then, they give it an 'oh well, accidents happen' sort of reply.

I wish you well


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Apr-13-14 5:23 PM

I no sooner join this fine Wheeling paper and "some guy" starts calling me Davey. What a coincidence. A guy named Majoritorian on the Elkins Intermountain used the same diminutive, so I'm going to assume it's the same guy as his tripe sounds exactly the same.

So, little somemoreequal, I'm the last person who'll defend any politician. The thin grey line between crime and politics was erased long ago. So, I hand it to Harry and son for being able to make out. Of course, they're paupers compared to what Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Haliburton gang are getting. Your race baiting is stale. Find something new. Legalize gay marijuana.

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Apr-13-14 3:48 PM

"The debate is over..."

algore, 'scientists', LMSM.....

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Apr-12-14 10:36 PM

Crony capitalism is the game!

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Apr-12-14 9:59 PM

Someguy says.."Follow the fundraising money, folks. The leftists are on the move. Now will we roll over?"

What a question. Of course we leftists are on the move and you will roll over. Your "free markets" isn't playing well, either. If they were free, I couldn't buy a General Motors car or insure it with AIG.

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Apr-12-14 8:22 PM

In themselves, the minor earthquake events likely pose virtually no danger to buildings and other infrastructure. However, the fact that the injection of fracking fluids can set off a chain reaction of secondary ground disturbance does pose concerns. Are water tables being adversely affected? Does the secondary fracturing result in weakening of buried water, waste and energy lines? Are buried toxic substances being freed to flow into wells and aquifers? These and many more questions must be addressed if the tracking process is to continue.

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Apr-12-14 4:24 PM

As I stated many months ago "These deep injection wells CAN and DO cause earthquakes"

It is shear stupidity to suggest that dozens of earthquakes centered around injection sites is coincidence!

And when you have hundreds of miles of buried pipeline in the area with welds that havn't been X-rayed, it's just a recipe for disaster

HOWEVER, keeping these injection wells far from the fault lines is a prudent move that only makes sense

And ALSO as I stated many months ago, "SMALL tremors may actually be a GOOD thing as it could be relieving stress that may avoid a future 8.0 quake"

But when quakes begin to approach 4.0 as they have near Youngstown, it's time to make some changes

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Apr-12-14 1:01 PM

"Uh oh, so should we ban the oil and the coal and while we're at it," Some.

No, we simply should acknowledge that actions have consequences and plan accordingly. Rather than deny any possible negative environmental impacts from the tracking process let's objectively study the process, identify the risks and take whatever precautions are called for to protect both environmental quality and human health. Don't let the dollar sign blind you to the possibility that you may be buying a pig in a poke.

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Apr-12-14 9:36 AM

SME,What prognosis did the Doc give you.Dont worry the people in the white uniforms will put you in a room where you wont hurt yourself.Say hi to sarah for us.

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Apr-12-14 9:27 AM

Herc,Corn is being given to all sorts of things including fish.So whats your point. We need to put all acreage land to use and no more CRP.Shake rattle and roll.

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Apr-12-14 8:41 AM

The socialists ginning up this particular crisis work for/were appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-Sheldon Adelson's pocket).

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Apr-12-14 7:26 AM

Of course the geologists will report this. They are government paid and work under a regime that wants to stamp out fossil fuels and force everyone to go green. Meanwhile bio-fuels, such as fuel from corn crops are taking food off the tables of our own people. Now we have these people being paid by their own government telling the government what it wants to hear.

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