Fracking Causes Ohio Earthquakes

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recommends that the state should pass a new law prohibiting drilling at what is called the Precambrian basement rock level (a depth that begins at nine thousand feet).

The report found "geological evidence" suggesting that high pressure fluid from a well near an underground fault caused a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown, Ohio area over the last year.

Five Youngstown area wells were placed under a drilling moratorium December 31, 2011 after a series of 11 earthquakes, increasing in intensity and culminating in a 4.0-magnitude quake New Year's Eve, were recorded in an area not known for seismic activity before. More than 4,000 reports throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada were called in from people who felt the New Year's Eve quake. Those wells will remain shuttered, according to the report.

The wells are about 9,000 feet deep and are used to dispose of water from oil and gas wells. The process is related to fracking, the controversial injection of chemical-laced water and sand into rock to release oil and gas. Critics say that the high pressure injection of the liquid causes seismic activity.

Sooner or later, Ohio citizens will start playing the game Fracture, and start to wonder if weaponry like Tectonic Grenades that create "terrain deformation" might not be feasible after all.


(Terrain deformation rising)

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