Oklahoma...the Fracking capitol of the US has been experiencing a record amount of seismic activity and the problem is only getting worse.
On a morning news show this morning, an environmental expert says as this rate, OK can expect at least a moderate event ( over 5.0) in the near future. This is particularly troubling since the OK infrastructure is not really built to withstand an event of this magnitude without significant damage.
It is becoming more widely believed that the uptick in seismic activity can be traced to the increased amount of fracking that is being done by..you guessed it..the oil and gas industry. The issue, experts now believe, is not the fracking itself, but the disposal process of the vast amounts of waste water created by the process. Experts are now starting to believe that this water, which is pumped into wells thousands of feet below the surface could be lubricating fault lines...speeding up the natural process and leading to the increase in the number of measurable earthquakes in the state..all by the way within a 400 mile radius of the fracking activity.
Residents of this area of OK are understandably very concerned. Our leaders should call for an immediate suspension of all fracking activity until complete environmental consequences can be studied.
Better yet...let's start being serious about alternative energy sources...because when you continuously poke mother nature...she sometimes pokes back with a vengeance.
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