posted on Dec, 14 2013 @ 06:05 PM
Well, it looks like this will be a case for the courts to decide, and the process has begun. Finally.
LITTLE ROCK (CN) - Fracking by Chesapeake oil and Billiton Petroleum caused "thousands of earthquakes" that damaged homes in central
Arkansas, two families claim in Federal Court.
Johnny and Patsy Miller and Christopher and Rebecca Krisell sued Chesapeake Operating and BHP Billiton Petroleum, claiming their fracking
"caused thousands of earthquakes in mini-clusters and swarms in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011," including Arkansas' largest earthquake in the
past 35 years.
Both families live in Greenbrier, about 40 miles north of Little Rock.
This is near and dear to me as it's just south of where I live. However, it's important for another, far more critical reason. This is outside, but
close to, the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Again, it's important to note, it is outside the zone itself and by no small margin. However, this is all
happening far below where man fully understands the forces of nature and the process is just incredibly destructive.
This is about the water generated during the process of hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas. It's pretty nasty waster and sometime, a long
time ago, someone got the idea that 'out of sight, out of mind' would do just fine for gas wells and the gas industry overall.
"Although some of this wastewater is recycled and reused, for the most part, it is disposed of by injecting it back into the ground into
other wells commonly referred to as 'wastewater disposal injection wells,' 'disposal wells,' or 'injection wells.'"
Chesapeake owned and operated injection wells throughout Faulkner County, near Greenbrier, the families say.
The complaint claims that "scientists have known for half a century that disposal well operations will cause earthquakes. In fact, since the
late 1960s scientists studying whether earthquakes and seismic activities can be induced by certain human actions have accepted that induced seismic
activity can and does occur."
Source: Courthouse News
I think the most important part of this for those of us in the central Midwest region is that it's going into formal court proceedings for Arkansas
now. They'll have experts from both sides and get some things into the public record in the process. It will be important to watch and follow, is
what I'm thinking here.
The story seemed of particular interest to share for what it starts to get into there on artificially induced earthquakes. It's more in just that
initial filing than I was really aware of. I can't wait to see what more comes into the record as the case goes on.