Not OK

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If we Californians want a foretaste of what statewide fracking can do, all we need to consider is the case of Oklahoma. Groundwater pollution and fracking-related earthquakes are already threatening health and real estate values there. Humor has been used on many occasions in the past to relieve pain, as a perusal of Tom Lehrer’s repertoire reveals. Perhaps it is time once again, in all seriousness, to pitch a parody at this problem:

Ooo – klahoma,

Where the earthquakes rumble ‘neath the plain,

The injection wells’ unpleasant smells

Let you know what’s backing up the drain.

Ooo – klahoma,

Every night the shaking ‘neath our feet,

Makes the windows rattle, and scares the cattle,

While cracks are breakin’ up the street.

Tornadoes may strike here and there,

But the earthquakes are felt everywhere.

And when the ground … sinks, and buckles

‘neath our feet — we’re only sayin’

“Fracks” undermine Oklahoma,

And the state’s NOT OK.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

1. Onshore Fracking in SB county is non-existent.

2. The "earthquakes" felt in some places that Fracking happens are incredibly small to the point where 93% of them are not felt by people and 100% of them result in zero property damage.

3. 99.3% of Oklahoma earthquakes are richter scale 0.15 or less with not a single one of them being larger then 1.2.

Please take your mis-information and fear mongering back to the last anti-oil group meeting you attended.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So reality admits that fracks can cause earthquakes. If you are a human and something you're doing is causing the earth to quake..... wouldn't you pause and think again about what it is that you are doing? or are the paychecks so large that you forget ? sell out, cash in. It's obvious that oil companies are running things (war in Iraq, remember?). The planet is about to wipe out humanity and there are still those advocating for oil.

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

realitycheck claims that, “99.3% of Oklahoma earthquakes are richter scale 0.15 or less with not a single one of them being larger then [sic]1.2.” A quick check of the USGS Real-Time Earthquake Map shows that there have been 93 earthquakes in the Richter 2.5 – 4.3 range in just the last 30 days.

Per the Oklahoma Geological Survey, Oklahoma has a record of very little seismic activity with an average of only two seismic events in excess of 3.0 per year prior to 2009. The largest quake in that period was a 5.5 in 1952.

Large scale high pressure injection and deep disposal well operations in central Oklahoma began in the 2008-2010 period. By 2012, Oklahoma had approximately 11,000 injection and deep disposal wells in operation.

By 2013 there were over 100 temblors in excess of Richter 3.0. So far this year, there have been over 200 such earthquakes. In 2011 a 5.7 quake damaged homes and highways in Prague, OK, forty-five miles east of Oklahoma City.

A causal link?

sbacg (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

AGAIN your egregious nonsense exposed, realityWilly88, this time by sbacg...let's just quote you vs. yourself here, Willy: "Please take your mis-information" to other threads where maybe you can get away with your baloney.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 2:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Andy Caldwell's crew trolls comment threads.

nitrogen (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Earthquakes really aren't all that rare in Oklahoma, here is a history of quakes in that region:

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 12:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If its a quake, and registers at all on sensitive meters, its caused by fracking. The USGS isnt nearly as sure (about this) as the water guardians.

Heck to save money, lets fire all the USGS scientists, and regional water board staffers .. .and simply watch this board for the latest pronouncement from the 'guardians'. They know all.

nuffalready (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2014 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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