Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas may increase the risk of earthquake, a new study finds. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Richard Bartz
(dprogram.net) So now its not just our water supplies being permanently contaminated forever that we need to worry about, it is our homes being destroyed by earthquakes.
As (the politically unbiased) Smithsonian magazine explains, all 24 earthquakes occurred within 2 miles of a fracking site but the research shows that it isn’t the drilling well itself.
The problem seems to occur after the gas is extracted from the well the toxic lubricants from new wells are then injected into the old wells for storage.
Those lubricants then free up and lubricate fault lines so they will slip, according the Smithsonia.