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Unintended Consequences of Fracking?

January 9, 2012

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Can Fracking Cause Quakes?

By Eric Niiler


  • Geologists have made direct links between recent earthquakes and fracking.
  • As the industry continues to expand, more earthquakes are expected.
  • Injection wells, which take away waste fluids from fracking operations, act as jacks which can split faults.

Recent earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma have been directly linked to deep wells used to dispose of liquid wastes for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” of natural gas, according to geological experts.

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