Fracking in Oklahoma Threatens the State, Initial Opposition in Mexico and Colombia

In a joint statement, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma and warned that Oklahoma’s skyrocketing earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity are liable to become stronger and more dangerous. According to the USGS, the number of quakes of magnitude 3 and stronger jumped by 50% in the past eight months in Oklahoma. Some 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater struck between October 2013 and April 14, 2014. The state’s long-term average from 1978 to 2008 was only two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or larger per year. This is the first time the USGS has issued an earthquake warning for a state east of the Rockies.

“We haven’t seen this before in Oklahoma, so we had some concerns about putting a specific number on the chances of it,” Robert Williams, a research geophysicist with the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program in Golden, Colorado, told Live Science. “But we know from other cases around the world that if you have an increasing number of small earthquakes, the chances of a larger one will go up,” Williams added.

While scientists have not altogether ruled out natural causes for the increase, many researchers suspect the deep injection wells used for the disposal of fracking wastewater could be causing the earthquake activity. Ongoing studies have found a link between Oklahoma’s high-volume wastewater injection wells and regions with an uptick in earthquakes. “The injection wells used for oil and gas development are the most reasonable hypothesis to explain the earthquake uptick in Oklahoma,” Nicholas van der Elst, a post-doctorate research fellow at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, told The Nation.

Mexican, Colombian Legislators Oppose Fracking, but Lack Sane Alternatives

Legislators in Mexico and Colombia are demanding investigations into fracking as a cause of increased seismic activity in those regions where foreign oil companies are using the technology to exploit deposits of shale oil and gas.

Legislators in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state assembly are demanding that Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz set up a commission to investigate the link between fracking in the state and increased seismic activity. The National Seismological Service reports there have been 48 earthquakes in Nuevo Leon this year alone, compared to only two tremors last year, Ria Novosti reported April 29. What has changed in the state during that timeframe is the launching of hydraulic fracking by oil companies.

Similarly in Colombia, the National Geological Service is investigating the relationship between increased seismic activity and fracking in Meta province, where the Canadian oil firm Pacific Rubiales, is engaged in fracking operations.

While much of this opposition points to real threats related to fracking — seismic activity, dangers to public health, water contamination, destruction of infrastructure, etc. — it will get nowhere as long as it relies on “green” sources and “sustainable development” ideology as the alternative to fracking. The British intelligence-spawned Greenpeace organization is frequently cited by legislators proposing anti-fracking bills, the Mexican press, and other anti-fracking organizations, as the primary “expert” resource to go to to combat fracking. In reality, the green fascism the Empire’s Greenpeace offers as an alternative will also kill Mexicans — precisely what the Queen ordered.

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