6 thoughts on “I remember when this happened and one of the causes cited seems to be early fracking techniques.

  1. The causes aren’t even related to fracking. In fact, ‘fracking’ isn’t even mentioned in the article until after the problems happened. Fracking can’t cause faults to shift, we can barely keep the cracks open long enough to get the oil out , and as soon as we lower the pressure they seal up again.

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    • See below,oilfield injection of water and waste is fracking. “Hamilton and Meehan concluded that oilfield injection for waste disposal and improved recovery of oil, a new technology at the time, was a significant cause of the failure, triggering hydraulic fracturing and aggravating movements on a fault traversing the reservoir even on the day of the failure. [7] Subsequently the US Geological Survey concluded in 1976 that displacements at the ground surface causing reservoir failure and also ground cracking in the Stocker-LaBrea area”

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      • Okay. So then fracking can directly cause very small earthquakes, but make the ground sensitive if there is a large quake somewhere else.

        I don’t think we should stop pursuing a technology that can provide power for millions of people because a handful of people were injured, and some homes and infrastructure were damaged in an industrial area…

        Thanks for the information, though.

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        • It wasn’t a handfull of people and they have nev rebuilt the damn. The ground water pollution where fracking as taken place can never be repaired. We need to stop using fossil fuels, period.

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          • Yes, we need to stop using fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to school to produce them. Why? People are so addicted to using fossil fuels that they rationalize driving all over the place by blaming the environment on the oil industry, which obviously helps the industry and doesn’t help the environment..

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