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Does “Fracturing” Cause Earthquakes?

The McMahon natural gas processing plant in Ta...

Natural Gas Processing Plant Wikipedia

Maybe the spectacular increase this year in earthquake activity in Garvin county, Oklahoma where there are 181 injection wells (Hydro-Fracking), is just a coincidence. Certainly, the Natural Gas Companies claim it is, and “natural gas” sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it?

http://news.yahoo.com/big-quake-follows-increase-oklahoma-rumblings-203947305.html

On a National Resouces Defense Counsel* Staff Blog I read a report commissioned by United Kingdom-based Cuadrilla Resources, in which researchers concluded that a series of earthquakes in Lancashire, UK were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing.

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bmordick/earthquakes_caused_by_fracking.html

Our nation has a need for energy, and we need a safe environment. Our community life must be balanced with the rights of individual land owners. But, there are so many unknowns, and the more I read, the darker the face of “Hydro-Fracking” becomes.

I’m looking for a “light” at the end of the “Fracture”, but I fail to see any.

*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Resources_Defense_Council

5.6 Quake Shakes Oklahoma (newser.com)

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