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Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

There are plenty of reasons to worry about fracking—groundwater contamination, methane leaks, that flaming tapwater thing. But can it really cause earthquakes? That's the question the US Geological Survey set out to answer after a spate of tremors in the Midwest—an area not usually known for earthquakes—alerted scientists to the possibility that some of them might be manmade.
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What's Up With Drilling and Earthquakes?

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Blue Marble (2 years ago)

There has been increasing concern about the potential role of fracking in earthquakes. The worries prompted the the US Geological Survey to look into it, and scientists found that the increase in earthquakes is likely man-made, but ... Read Post

USGS: No Groundwater Contamination from Fracking in Arkansas

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (2 years ago)

A newly released report by the US Geological Survey found no groundwater contamination as a result of fracking in an area of Arkansas. This comes just a week after a leaked report showed that NY had determined the process was safe f... Read Post

Frackers Are Losing $1.5 Billion Yearly to Leaks

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Blue Marble (last year)

Of all the many and varied consequences of fracking (water contamination, injured workers, earthquakes, the list goes on) one of the least understood is so-called "fugitive" methane emissions. Methane is the primary ingredient of na... Read Post


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