Oil Quest and Earthquakes?

Posted: February 3, 2015 in Earthquakes, Oil production

Well, I find myself back in Oklahoma. Earthquake center of the world. Really, 98% of all earthquakes on earth are happening right here where I am at today. Very interesting phenomena. Little 2.9 to 4.5 tremors. When you get close to or into the 4’s, you are talkin’ a pretty good bang.They are planting seismometers all the way from the Oklahoma southern border thru the southern half of Kansas.

The USGS say it may be caused by the increased oil well fracking going on in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The fracking and horizontal drilling has increased oil production by 5 or 600 percent. Once small yielding wells are now producing record amounts of crude. We are really setting pretty in this country because of it. It has helped with the price at the pump as the Saudis feel the pressure of our increased production.

Others say it may be the waste water injection wells causing the eruptions 4 or 5 Km below the surface. The injection wells are wells drilled and used to get rid of the waste waters used in drilling. Millions of gallons of salt water and waste are being pumped under very high pressure back into the earth, deep underground. Out of sight, out of mind, you might say. It is fascinating process, this oil hunting.

I really don’t know much about the oil business and I’m not a geologist. I don’t even play one on TV. But I think there might be something to it. Although the oil production in other parts of the country like Pennsylvania have not experienced this increase in siemic activity. Although I have heard they are experiencing the lingering affects of fracking in their water supplies.

It is a very interesting time in the search for oil independence. It may be a double-edged sword. But I think maybe it might be better to be in the T-shirt business here. Earthquake themed shirts are selling like hot cakes at Eskimo Joe’s.

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  1. Needed this ..thank you…just had a serious fracking discussion with someone…we were both depressed by the risks to the earth…the silencing of those who are experiencing as-of-yet-unproven changes in environment, services, land, air, Life really– dust poisoning vs economic sand sale boom, the rise and fall of the fracking boom town, the number of oil rigs shutting down. The profit reaped, the earth raped, left shaking.

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    • Wish I understood more about it. But I understand it better than most, I lived in a boom town thru the late 70’s and early 80’s in Oklahoma. It isn’t pretty while the boom is in full swing (high prices for housing, food and other essentials) nor is it pretty when the boom is over( unemployment, unable to sell real estate and going out of business sales). Such a dynamic situation. The fracking has increased production by so, so much. It will be hard to get it stopped, because of the profits being made. But the over production does lower the price of fuel for everyone that uses fossil fuel.

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  2. I don’t understand the oil business, etc. But, I know some OK’s who very are upset about all of this.
    The damage to the earth is probably already done. Weird that it has caused more earthquakes there than in CA these days. 😦 That freaking fricking fracking! 😦
    Good write!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  3. ~ Sadie ~ says:

    I think fracking is causing all these earthquakes, just my opinion from the research I have done.
    A topic we should all be learning a little more about . . .

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