Sources: Geology [abstract], VoteSmart, Opensecrets [campaign funding info], OCC [PDF]
quote: Double the value of my property? I'd say cha-ching and move.
quote: Fracking at 5000+ ft deep cannot "destabilize local sediments." That is a mile down, separated from the surface (and fresh water table) by hundreds of layers of solid rock.
quote: Notice that every major leader in the state house and senate was paid off by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Assoc. (OIPA)-- a pro-fracking industry group -- and every politician also received healthy contributions from several other oil and natural gas firms. (Source: VoteSmart.org)
quote: Jason,You'll be lucky not to be sued over that bit of libel.Maybe you can use your wannabe superpowers to next investigate how many members of congress took payments from Big Pharma and insurance companies to get the health care bill passed.
quote: Maybe you can use your wannabe superpowers to next investigate how many members of congress took payments from Big Pharma and insurance companies to get the health care bill passed.
quote: You can't even pretend to be fair and unbiased can you?
quote: And as I recall, budget cuts and slack regulation were what made the country "turn to crap" most recently. Under the watch of a Republican president, I might add.
quote: .... as a journalist
quote: Edit: An earlier version of the story erroneously refered to the wastewater as being from fracking, where as the wastewater that researchers suggest caused the quakes was, in fact, from traditional drilling. Several other publications -- including a Wired piece on the topic make similar errors or offer somewhat ambiguous statements -- and remain uncorrected.
quote: prestigious scientific experts
quote: Science Says Oil Waste Caused Record OK Quake, Paid-Off Politicians Say Otherwise
quote: But state politicians who appoint the OGS scientists and OCC officials may have a bit of a vested interest. Chesapeake Energy, OGE Energy, Devon Energy, and others have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to roll both state and federal Republicans in Oklahoma into office.
quote: a recent University of Kansas School of Business study [PDF]
quote: The scientists did not actually link fracking to the earthquakes as your story claims, nor did they rebuke prior researching disavowing a link. The scientists who published the report in Geology linked wastewater injection to the seismic events, and the wastewater came from conventional oil wells that were not hydraulically fractured.
quote: Thanks for the reply and headline adjustment Jason. However, your story still leads with this:"National study suggests that 5.7-magnitude quake was caused by fracking"
quote: We do not dispute the fact that wastewater injection has been linked to seismic activity.
quote: Bill Ellsworth, lead geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey: "We find no evidence that fracking is related to the occurrence of earthquakes that people are feeling." http://www.npr.org/2012/04/11/150440356/quakes-cau...Ellsworth, again: "We don’t see any connection between fracking and earthquakes of any concern to society." http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2012/04/23/3 (subs. req'd)National Research Council: "The process of hydraulic fracturing a well as presently implemented for shale gas recovery does not pose a high risk for inducing felt seismic events."http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Induced-Seismicity-Pote...Thanks so much for your time and willingness to discuss this, Jason. Really appreciate it.
quote: wouldn't it be better to let the merits of the process stand on their own and not pay off local politicians as the money trail clearly shows??
quote: The wastewater may have been from traditional sources, but it implies that fluid injections can cause seismic activity. The other studies I link to implicate fracking in smaller quakes.