Is this the beginning of the end for ‘fracking‘? The evidence continues to mount proving the practice creates clear causal links to lethal water pollution and now fracking is being blamed for causing earthquakes. If you needed any confirmation that there was an energy crisis underway, the American corporate oligarchy is so fearful of falling into the grips of an oil crisis that they now seem to consider causing earthquakes as collateral damage to extracting domestic oil.
Won-Young Kim, a research professor of Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, is the latest expert to directly link hydrofracking to a swarm of earthquakes in Ohio. Slow down and think about this: man-made earthquakes are now a reality. We always thought we’d hear that some tin-foil hat claim that the U.S. had weaponized earthquakes turned out to be true and HAARP really was for nefarious purposes. But no, the reality is much more mundane — in order to maximize profit and domestic oil production, U.S. industry is now actively pursuing a methodology that creates earthquakes as a side effect.
Kim cautions this is not a short-term problem, and in fact the recent earthquakes are just the beginning:
It could take a couple of years for the earthquakes to go away. The migration of the fluid injected into the rock takes a long time to leave.
None of this should actually come as a surprise to the hydraulic fracking industry itself, which has been seeking to quash public outcry since becoming aggressive with the practice in the wake of the ‘foreign oil is a National Security risk’ meme. It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that the idea of drilling over two miles into the Earth’s crust (10+ Empire State Buildings) to pump massive amounts of water, sand and chemicals with the express purpose of fracturing the Earth might be dangerous. Anyone who’s seen the movie Armageddon knows that.
There’s apparently one poor guy manning the Ohio seismology station and we assume the energy companies would like to keep it that way. But the Web is starting to wake up more and more to the dangers of fracking. We hope you add your voice to the growing opposition against this suicidal technology. Not that we have anything against the end of the world — but we’d prefer not to be responsible for it.