Investigation Currently Underway To Determine If Hydraulic “Fracking” Is Behind Explosion Of B.C. Earthquakes

by • October 7, 2011 • NatureComments (0)4847

Oh, for God’s sake.  Has it really come to this?  First our insatiable thirst for fossil fuels has destroyed our atmosphere, caused an untold number of diseases, is melting our polar ice caps, is heating up our planet, and on and on and on.  Now it appears out latest horrific technique of raping Mother Earth — hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) — might be the cause of earthquakes.  In the northeastern region of British Columbia, seismologists have recorded a huge anomalous number of earthquakes in the area.  Since 2009, there have been 31 earthquakes in the Horn River Basin, an active natural gas extraction area. Before 2009, the area had not experienced any recorded earthquake activity.  “Fracking” is the controversial natural gas extraction-technique where the rock is literally fractured by forcing water and chemicals underground at high pressure.  “For frack’s sake, people.  Can we not find a better fracking WAY?!”  Apart from this new geological concern, fracking is one of the most environmentally devastating energy extraction processes in the world.  You can read the entire story by CLICKING HERE.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

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