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Posted on April 24 at 1:29 p.m.

nativegeo - YOU are the liar. Did you read even ONE of the links. Since you obviously did not, here are excerpts from the articles, and they ALL SAY THE SAME THING as the OGS - the injection of the water is what is causing the earthquakes. Jeepers creepers, you guys are either stupid or deliberate liars. And BTW, unlike your wild accusations and misinformation and bad links - my links have always been accurate.

Simply put, oil and gas production generates a lot of toxic waste fluid. Energy companies have to pump it back into the ground in wastewater disposal wells, and that is what is triggering the majority of these earthquakes.

But injecting water to dispose of waste from drilling or production is a far greater contributor to earthquakes.

"We consider induced seismicity to be primarily triggered by the disposal of wastewater into deep wells," said Mark Petersen, chief of the National Seismic Hazard Project for the U.S. Geological Survey, which released the maps today (April 23)

The resulting wastewater is often forced underground as well, but can trigger earthquakes on faults that haven’t moved in a very long time.

“Wastewater injection,” says Bill Ellsworth, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, “is undoubtedly responsible for the majority of these earthquakes.”

READ before you WRITE. You may get somewhere close to the truth, from which you are usually miles away - as your post , which was utter garbage, so CLEARLY demonstrates. THE LEFT DID NOT LIE AND MANUFACTURE TRUTH - they reported accurately what the OGS stated.

Now try and worm your way out of that one.

On Oil Company Proposes 296 New Wells

Posted on April 24 at 12:17 p.m.

Shoot the messenger and not the message. I love the way that for some, if the information does not reflect their personal view, it has to be attacked. Furthermore, the fact that "left" organizations are reporting this science, speaks volumes. Anyway, here is the science.

Oklahoma Geological Survey
Richard D. Andrews
Interim Director and State Geologist
Dr. Austin Holland, State Seismologist
Statement on Oklahoma Seismicity
April 21, 2015

Based on observed seismicity rates and geographical trends following major oil and gas plays with large amounts of produced water, the rates and trends in seismicity are very unlikely to represent a naturally occurring process. Historically, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) recorded on average about 1 ½, magnitude three or greater (M3+) earthquakes each year, within Oklahoma. During 2013, the OGS observed on average about 2, M3+ earthquakes each week on average, and this rate continued to increase during 2014. Currently, the OGS is reporting on average about 2 ½, M3+ earthquakes each day. The OGS considers it very likely that the majority of recent earthquakes, particularly those in central and north-central Oklahoma, are triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells.

Amusing that one of the senators from Oklahoma is Inhofe. I wonder if the next bunch of words to be banned by a Republican Governor will be "earthquake" or "injection of produced water".

It matters not from where scientific observations are derived, the observations speak for themselves. Earthquakes do not know republicans, democrats, libertarians, or teapartiers. Neither do seismic recording devices.

On Oil Company Proposes 296 New Wells

Posted on April 24 at 1:27 a.m.

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why
NPR-21 hours ago

US Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas
New York Times-6 hours ago

Man-Made Earthquakes Rising in US, New Maps Show
Live Science-17 hours ago

143 Million Americans Are Now Living in Earthquake Zones ...
TIME-Apr 23, 2015

Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern US, study finds.
In-Depth-Los Angeles Times-19 hours ago

Can This Oil Baron's Company Withstand Another Quake?
In-Depth-Bloomberg-22 hours ago

The release of the map comes as officials are coming to terms with the idea that wastewater disposal following oil and gas extraction is causing more earthquakes. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves shooting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to extract oil and natural gas. The resulting wastewater is often forced underground as well, but can trigger earthquakes on faults that haven’t moved in a very long time.

On Oil Company Proposes 296 New Wells

Posted on April 23 at 9:08 a.m.


Are oil companies exempt from water restrictions? I hope not, because there is just not enough water left.

On Oil Company Proposes 296 New Wells

Posted on April 23 at 9:08 a.m.

Are oil companies exempt from water restrictions? I hope so, because there is just not enough water left.

"Aera Energy turned in its application to the county’s Planning department last week to drill hundreds of wells on the company’s East Cat Canyon Oil Field property near Santa Maria. The proposal ​— ​which will likely involve years of review ​— ​is for 296 wells.

Pacific Coast Energy Company (PCEC) is vying to double its 96 cyclic-steaming-well project, and ERG Operating Company has requested to drill another 233 cyclic-steaming wells."

625 new wells? More and more it will probably be discovered that voting no on "P" was a terrible mistake.

On Oil Company Proposes 296 New Wells

Posted on April 23 at 8:53 a.m.

nativegeo - that is hardly a credible site, when one sentence is used out of context on which to base their conclusion. How about a public show-down about the incompetence of the body that made that single reported statement, in error - and which showdown was widely reported.

"Agencies admit failing to protect water sources from fuel pollution
March 11, 2015

Julie Cart | The Los Angeles Times
The agencies charged with overseeing oil production and protecting California’s ever-dwindling water sources from the industry’s pollution all fell down on the job, one state official told a panel of peeved lawmakers Tuesday.

During a testy two-hour oversight hearing, officials from the California Department of Conservation, the department’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and the state Water Resources Control Board promised senators a top-down overhaul of their regulation of the disposal of oil field wastewater.

But after a handful of recent embarrassing revelations about the division’s history of lackluster regulation, lawmakers questioned how they could trust agency officials to follow through, characterizing longstanding agency practices as corrupt and inept.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) called the division’s failings “endemic” and said that just reading background materials to prepare for Tuesday’s hearing caused her blood pressure to soar.

“There has been a serious imbalance between the role regulating the oil and gas industry and the role of protecting the public,” Jackson said.

Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources officials admitted last summer that for years they inadvertently allowed oil companies to inject wastewater — from fracking and other oil production operations — into hundreds of disposal wells in protected aquifers, a violation of federal law. Disclosures by oil drillers show high levels of benzene, a carcinogen, in the water that comes out of the ground with oil. Benzene is naturally occurring but extremely dangerous.

So far, the state has shut down 23 of the hundreds of injection wells that are in aquifers not approved for waste injection.

Agency officials have attributed the errors to haphazard record-keeping and antiquated data collection. And they have said that initial tests on nine drinking water supply wells found no benzene or other contaminants.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has called the state’s errors “shocking” and said California’s oil field wastewater injection program does not comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The state has been taking broadsides from the U.S. EPA, the state EPA and local water boards, all focusing on the troubled Underground Injection Control program, which is supposed to monitor the disposal of production water into below-ground wells."

On Dirty Frackin' in Our Waters

Posted on April 21 at 11:20 p.m.

Thanks bookman for a sums-it-up post. LOL. It becomes tedious to the point of just a laughing stock.

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 19 at 10:29 p.m.

Excellent OP.

On Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods

Posted on April 18 at 5:05 p.m.

The only toxic thing in the CC debate is the level of ignorance shown by know-it-alls trashing others.

Just pointing out that when people refer to the very high CO2 in the Paleozoic, 400 million years ago, they need to realize that it was countered by what was a much lower solar irradiance. If CO2 hadn't dropped over time, the world would be more or less uninhabitable today.

Or, another way of putting it is that a much smaller increase in CO2 today will produce a climate that would have required much higher CO2 to achieve in the Paleozoic.

"The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubt, while stupid people are full of confidence" Charles Bukowski

On UCSB Scientists Find Resilience in Exposed Shelled Plants

Posted on April 18 at 4:57 p.m.

Posted: Apr 09, 2015 9:39 AM PDT
Updated: Apr 09, 2015 9:39 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from West Nile virus last year, and health officials say the state's drought may have contributed to the spike.

The state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that 31 infected people died in 2014, the most since California began recording West Nile cases in 2003.

Officials also said there were 801 Californians who tested positive for the virus - coming close to the record of 880 cases a decade ago.

Department head Dr. Karen Smith said it's possible the drought had a role in the increased virus activity by creating more limited sources of water for birds and mosquitoes. Smith said the dry spell could have caused some sources of water to stagnate, making sources more attractive for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

The fruits and nuts are those who try not to understand, but wallow in shallow stagnated water of ad hominems.

On reading that comment, I immediately guessed what the reason could be. On searching, the guess proved correct.

Too bad, the full report was not included in the OP. It was short enough. Just one more sentence was needed.

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