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Earthquake Outbreak in Central U.S. Tied to Drilling Wastewater

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posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 02:06 PM
Business Week says,

A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” manmade, and may coincide with wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a new study.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events averaged 21 a year in a central U.S. region. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011.

What I find most interesting about this, which is not news to most of us, is how the Orwellian process once again transforms what the propagandists call "conspiracy theories" into facts in a smooth transition which does not acknowledge the ridicule previously directed at anyone seeking to collect and analyze information which defies the corporate-constructed media narrative. Of course the shaming of "conspiracy theories" exists primarily to achieve this purpose -- to train human beings to become passive consumers of carefully controlled information and apply social rejection to other humans who take a more active role.

posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 02:41 PM
reply to post by sepermeru

I agree wholeheartedly. Be a good American. Pop open another Bud Light and watch the big game or race or whatever is on teevee. Oh and quit asking so many damned questions. Our keepers like their livestock nice and oblivious. Phage will be along shortly for that explicit purpose. 3, 2, 1...

posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 02:47 PM
There is no outbreak in earthquakes. Sorry.
edit on 12-4-2012 by Vandettas because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 02:59 PM
reply to post by Vandettas
Good thing you apologized ahead of time.

According to David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior,

As part of its ongoing effort to study a variety of potential impacts of U.S. energy production, USGS scientists have been investigating the recent increase in the number of magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes in the midcontinent of the United States. Beginning in 2001, the average number of earthquakes occurring per year of magnitude 3 or greater increased significantly, culminating in a six-fold increase in 2011 over 20th century levels.
And he goes on to say,

And, of course, we know that the Earth’s crust is pervasively fractured at depth by faults. These faults can sustain high stresses without slipping because natural "tectonic" stress and the weight of the overlying rock pushes the opposing sides of the fault together, increasing the frictional resistance to fault slip. The injected wastewater in deep wells can counteract the frictional forces on faults, causing an earthquake.
U.S. Department of the Interior (Source)

More often than not it can be helpful to look into a source to confirm it before disagreeing with claims made in a thread.

posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 05:47 PM
already posted here

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