Totally Fracking Nuts

Totally Fracking Nuts

by digby


A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers.

Among the new regulations: Well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site, and the chemical makeup of all drilling wastewater must be tracked electronically.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced the tough new brine injection regulations because of the report’s findings on the well in Youngstown, which it said were based on “a number of coincidental circumstances.”

For one, investigators said, the well began operations just three months ahead of the first quake.

They also noted that the seismic activity was clustered around the well bore, and reported that a fault has since been identified in the Precambrian basement rock where water was being injected.

I read this and I feel as if I'm losing my mind. Are people really defending this practice knowing that it's causing earthquakes and failing to even bring the benefits it purports to bring (while lining the pockets of a bunch of energy fat cats?) Apparently they are ....

Meanwhile, God forbid we use energy efficient lightbulbs.