Sources: Geology [abstract], VoteSmart, Opensecrets [campaign funding info], OCC [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.