The Earth Moves in Oklahoma
The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that surprised Oklahoma yesterday and the aftershocks that continue today have elicited many news stories quick to point out that the quake happened over a fault. None of the coverage has acknowledged that the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas mining, or fracking, now being used in Oklahoma, has been causing hundreds of smaller earthquakes in Oklahoma.
Whether the quake occurred on a fault or not is a distraction. The question to ask is whether the quake happened because of the fracking being done in the area.
|Frack truck on site-Joel Kirkland photo|
Every morning in Farmington and Bloomfield, New Mexico I pass the little convoys of frack trucks headed out to the oil and gas fields, mostly the big red Haliburton trucks, Haliburton of Dick Cheney, no bid contract fame.
Republican Governor Susana Martinez has been busy bending over backwards to make it easier for the gas and oil boys who fill her campaign coffers to exploit New Mexico's gas and oil resources. What is the danger to New Mexico's water supply from all this fracking? When can we expect the earthquakes to begin?