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September 9, 2013

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More Fracking Headaches As Earthquake Evidence Grows

Tina Casey, Cleantechnica
It looks like more trouble is looming ahead for communities that host fracking operations. Two new studies have linked fracking-related operations to earthquakes in Texas and Ohio, and a recently settled lawsuit in Arkansas indicates that swarms of tiny earthquakes can damage surface structures. Add earthquakes to a list that already includes water contamination and air pollution risks, and it becomes clear that a more effective regulatory platform is needed to protect existing communities from the impacts of fracking…

Though the drilling operation itself would seem to be the most likely cause of earthquakes, so far the main culprit appears to be the disposal of wastewater from fracking operations, which is commonly injected into existing wells. The largest earthquake ever recorded in Oklahoma, for example, has been linked to fracking wastewater disposal in an injection well, and last year Columbia University seismologists linked a series of about a dozen strong earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio to a similar operation…
(5 September 2013)

"Frackademia" By Law: Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Exposed

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

Image Removed"Frackademia" By Law: Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Exposed (via Desmogblog)

With the school year starting for many this week, it’s another year of academia for professors across the United States – and another year of "frackademia" for an increasingly large swath of "frackademics" under federal law. "Frackademia" is best…


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