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Post Study Ties Oil, Gas Production to Midwest Quakes
Wonder how long it will take the "drill baby, drill" crowd to spin THIS?

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer

NEW YORK April 7, 2012 (AP)

Oil and gas production may explain a sharp increase in small earthquakes in the nation's midsection, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests.

The rate has jumped six-fold from the late 20th century through last year, the team reports, and the changes are "almost certainly man-made."

Outside experts were split in their opinions about the report, which is not yet published but is due to be presented at a meeting later this month.

The study said a relatively mild increase starting in 2001 comes from increased quake activity in a methane production area along the state line between Colorado and New Mexico. The increase began about the time that methane production began there, so there's a "clear possibility" of a link, says lead author William Ellsworth of the USGS.

The increase over the nation's midsection has gotten steeper since 2009, due to more quakes in a variety of oil and gas production areas, including some in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the researchers say.

Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/study-ties-oil-gas-production-midwest-quakes-16090702#.T4CTkajaKSo

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This looks like a must see film :clap :clap

With any kind of luck it will open the eyes of those who can stop this crazy prcatice :roll

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'Promised Land': Matt Damon's Fracking Film To Highlight Controversial Drilling Process

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Environmentalists are giddy over the news that Matt Damon is starring in an anti-fracking film.

Damon's agency confirmed to Politico that the actor is slated to star in "The Promised Land," an "anti-fracking movie" that he co-wrote with actor John Krasinski ("The Office"), based on a draft by Dave Eggers ("Where The Wild Things Are").

According to Variety, Damon and Krasinski will star "as rival corporate executives, with the former thesp playing a character whose life is thrown into disarray after he arrives in a small town."

The film will also feature Frances McDormand "who prefers to follow the rules as opposed to breaking protocol," Rosemarie DeWitt as "a schoolteacher caught between Damon's and Krasinski's character" and possibly Hal Holbrook who "will play an engineer who lives in the town and opposes a corporate takeover being led by Damon." The movie will be directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting").

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/0 ... &ir=Canada

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Post Re: Study Ties Oil, Gas Production to Midwest Quakes
Ohio Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, A First For Region
AP | by JULIE CARR SMYTH
Posted: 04/11/2014 7:39 pm EDT Updated: 04/11/2014 7:59 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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 conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link "probable."

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors in the region have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. The five seismic events in March couldn't be easily felt by people.

The oil and gas drilling boom targets widely different rock formations around the nation, so the Ohio findings may not have much relevance to other areas other than perhaps influencing public perception of fracking's safety. The types of quakes connected to the industry are generally small and not easily felt, but the idea of human activity causing the earth to shake often doesn't sit well.

The state says the company that set off the Ohio quakes was following rules and appeared to be using common practices. It just got unlucky, Simmers said.

Gerry Baker, associate executive director of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission, said state regulators across the nation will study the Ohio case for any implications for the drilling industry. A consortium of states has already begun discussions.

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Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/ohio-earthquakes-fracking_n_5136110.html

And yet another study. "It just got unlucky" my A$$!

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