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Oil, gas drilling not likely to cause quakes

Register-Herald -- One cannot totally rule out an earthquake triggered by oil and gas extraction in West Virginia, but the likelihood of this, based on historical evidence, is remote to say the least, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

Such was the conclusion given to lawmakers by Michael Hohn, director of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

“Hydraulic fracturing does not pose a high risk, based on 35,000 shale wells today,” Hohn told Judiciary Subcommittee A.

There have been two, possibly three, such tremors linked to hydraulic fracturing, one of them in Oklahoma measured at 2.8 on the Richter scale.

Hohn said it is “difficult” to draw a parallel between gas extraction and seismic activity.


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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 10:30:55 PM

Oklahoma has a long history of earthquakes.

Oklahoma Earthquake history
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 9:46:31 PM


Clermont...Yes, there were earthquakes before the new fracking used now.

Yes, we do know what causes earthquakes in general before fracking.

No, we cannot prevent earthquakes if they are not caused by fracking.

No, the laws of nature are the laws of nature.

Yes, in this state fracking is the suspect.

When areas of the country...OK for one, have had a series of quakes during fracking, and none before fracking back to the early 50's in my memory, then we tend to get a little suspicious.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 6:01:39 AM

Were there earthquakes before fracking?

Does anyone KNOW what causes earthquakes?

Can anyone prevent even ONE earthquake?

Has there ever been a cause-effect proven for any earthquake?

What are LAWMAKERS going to do, change the LAWS of nature?
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boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:12:33 PM

That sounds good to me.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:11:05 PM

Frick.....Frack.....Paddywack.
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Quick68
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:08:53 PM

Hydraulic fracturing does something to the earth that isn't good.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:05:04 PM

No problem until it happens in your backyard, as has happened many times in many places.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:03:04 PM

Not much data, yet.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 10:01:49 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:59:31 PM

shaker
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:59:31 PM

Very interesting
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bobdec
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:59:10 PM

Who do you believe
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:59:00 PM

taht would suck
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:57:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:56:45 PM

OK
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:55:16 PM

and what is hohn's corporate background, and for whom will he be eventually lobbying or drawing a paycheck?
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CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:54:17 PM

I believe we are going to have some of these quakes for other reasons. We are going to be having more "magnetic polar" changes which is probably the biggest culprit. Fracturing may also have some effect.
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:54:07 PM

Not Likely?? - I guess that means they really do not know.
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rollercoaster
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:53:03 PM

sink holes?
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:49:50 PM

only time will tell.
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tco9436
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:49:06 PM

Possible?, YES
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must87searcher
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:47:29 PM

This theory is still under question. It will take more time and study too really find an answer. During that time, new question may come up.

We just have too wait and see.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:45:46 PM

Always a possibility. Not like Global warming with is a Farce
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:44:40 PM

really?
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CorvairHaven
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:41:04 PM

Sorry. It's just not true.
Quakes have happened here in Ohio this past year directly as a result of fracking and waste-water disposal.
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Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:39:36 PM

I am leary about the potential adverse environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing particularly with respect to ground water...
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:38:23 PM

Everyone knows what causes quakes and it is not drilling for gas, oil, or water. It is also not digging for coal.
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hcivic
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:37:02 PM

I DIDNT THINK IT WOULD
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:36:04 PM

likly story.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:35:58 PM

OMG
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:35:11 PM

OK
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Marson
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:32:05 PM

Highly unlikely gas extraction can cause ever a tremor.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:31:57 PM

There will be an earthquake every day in California.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:31:29 PM

Hasn't already been proven that it does?
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:31:10 PM

Common sense.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:29:34 PM

Were there earthquakes before fracking?

Does anyone KNOW what causes earthquakes?

Can anyone prevent even ONE earthquake?

Has there ever been a cause-effect proven for any earthquake?

What are LAWMAKERS going to do, change the LAWS of nature?

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:27:53 PM

not likely? how sure could they possibly be?
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:25:52 PM

good
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:17:45 PM

relating earthquakes to drilling wells? Next they'll be related to Bill Clinton chasing interns. Or for that matter my german shepherd getting in the mood for love. And if anyone thinks this will lead to predicting earthquakes they're pure idiots. People have been working on E.Q. prediction for a thousand yrs.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:16:51 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:16:15 PM

Whew, we can rest easy boys. It seems fracking only has the potential to cause quakes, foul the water with undisclosed fluids, and or radioactive contaminants. I believe the almost former leader of the free world had it right when she came close to saying, frack baby, frack, perhaps.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:14:22 PM

Hopefully during their research they can discover a way to predict earthquakes.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:12:45 PM

really? of course when you take out the stuff in the middle the top will collapse, it's called gravity.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:09:14 PM

tend to agree but one wonders who paid for the research
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:09:10 PM

good to know the spin doctors are still getting paid.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:05:34 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:03:57 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 9:00:41 PM

Hmm...
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 8:57:36 PM

Want a quake with your gas?
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 8:54:50 PM

I don't fracking believe them.
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