First Oklahoma, Now Kansas Fracking Tied to Earthquakes

New study says there has been a dramatic increase in earthquakes in Kansas since 2012, attributing it to oil and gas operations. 

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saw that. 6,845 earthquakes between March 2014 and December 2016? Is this real?

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it's not the fracking, though. It's not the oil production at all, as far as I can see by the latest research. It's the saltwater injections ... so it's down to the EOR, not the original frackers. 

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all the same ... 

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no, it's not the same ... if you want to get a handle on the problem you have to know where it's really coming from. So, as we advance our technology and try to get all the oil that's left in the ground from conventional means, we are consistently improved EOR (enhanced oil recovery) methods. That improves production efficiency. But we don't really know what the consequences are. In this case, in Kansas, they are attributing it to an increase in the injections of wastewater back into the Earth. 

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in a way it IS all the same. It's still 'fracking' for all intents and purposes

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I'm not cheerleading for fracking here or trying to redirect blame; I'm simply saying that we can't get vague if we want it to be seriously examined. 

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51 minutes ago, Seleskya said:

I'm not cheerleading for fracking here or trying to redirect blame; I'm simply saying that we can't get vague if we want it to be seriously examined. 

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I agree, specificity is important here. It's impossible to fix a problem if we don't even know what it is. The solution is likely not "just don't frack". But something more measured. But we will never find that measured fix if we're either a) afraid to admit there is a problem or b) blame the problem on something else entirely or c) exaggerate the problem so that it sucks some of the credibility out of it.

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