Fracking is a conspiracy. It's just that it's in the open. This story starts when George W. Bush made the statement that America was addicted to oil.
This meant they had to wean themselves off of foreign oil. Cheney held open secret meetings with the oil companies to ask them what they need to make
the US energy independant. The wars were costing too much. Don't forget Nigeria. One savy Texas oil man came up with the idea to use what America
already had but were neglecting because economics- it was too costly to get at. And there were those pesky clean air and clean water acts. Acts,
Republicans enacted. The broke their own laws and put their plan into action. That rich Texan, I forget his name, had been out campaigning for gas
after speculation had drive oil to the record levels near 180 bucks a barrell. Stating that the US needed to use own natural gas in all their
transport trucks. He said they had new techniques to get the gas out of the shale and this would make America's energy needs a domestic product. So,
they started the boom in 2005. It took a while to get the majority of the wells up and running. You know, they had to get leases. Grease the wheels in
the statehouse with some lube and get the regulatory process into overdrive. Condition the sites with crushed gravel, dig a pond and find a way to get
rid of all that waste water. Also, they had to get that up and running as well. Well, they're up to speed now. And all the dirt sweep under the carpet
is too high not to trip over anymore.
First, the water starts catching on fire. Then, polluted waste water ponds and truck start spilling thier poisons into rivers. There are also issues
with the trucking and other relatively minor problems. But then their dam started to leak heavily when Arkansas started to have swarm earthquakes.
Then bang, a 4.7M. That was impossible to ignore. You couldn't get half the state to sign non-disclosure contracts. People were talking. The link
could not be credibly denied. Notice what they're doing now in Oklahoma. They tried that in Arkansas but the roar only grew louder after the larger
quakes. The people of Oklahoma have felt hundreds of quakes and almost gotten used to the fact. Now, I'm not so sure. Would you keep your mouth shut
if it was in your backyard? Texas is also having the exact same issue.
The issue is about time. It's taking time to show the consequences. It took time for the problems to become evident. Now that they are in nearly a
full production mode, the problems are coming one right after the other. Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Colorado, Arkansas, and now Oklahoma. The dominoes are
falling. You can't say you're surprised by the Oklahoma quake. It was totally predictable. Maybe it took longer in Oklahoma to come to a head because
the crust is different. Arkansas is softer. So, it broke first. This old uplift fault is denser rock. Simple as that.
The geologists have already been bought and paid for. Who do you think funds their studies? They won't say anything definative until it becomes
criminal neglience to do otherwise. The tests have been done. There are studies that are making passed the roadblocks and they're showing the link. A
link, that right now the geologists and the gas companies are not making. They'll deny even if you take them to court and they lose. They just appeal.
What's the maximum for a fracking quake?
In Arkansas, the 10 mile long fault is thought to produce a 5.5-6.0M if it fully ruptured all at once. Of course that may need to be revise upward if
the fault is longer. Oklahoma coincidentally fits right in that range. The fracking doesn't really determine the top end of the magnitude. The fault
itself at full ruputure is the only real guide which is derived by it's length and stucture. The fracking and injection are the pressure and the
trigger. Once mother nature takes over, it's pure physics and the fault will break free.
Which means, that if faults in the Eastern States are capable of producing 7M and above, then that's what you're gonna get. Sooner. Or. Later.
Yes, Mr. Puterman, I said I thought they crucified Spartacus. Unlike Jesus, his suffering would have lasted days.
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