Was the Virginia Earthquake Related to Fracking? - Page 2
No doubt, strong words are those. Fracking is abbreviation of “hydraulic fracturing”— a process in which water, mixed with benzene and other toxic chemicals are injected at high pressure below the underground rock layer to create fracture in the rocks so that the trapped natural gas is released and extracted. The fracturing is done from a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations creating sludge, and the land above loses support. The effect is similar to shifting of the tectonic plates, which happens during natural earthquakes. In a typical well up to 3 million gallons of toxic liquids are forced into the Earth's substrata.
After the ban on fracking by the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission the frequency of Arkansas earthquakes dropped by two-thirds. Yet, the industry experts vehemently deny the link of fracking to earthquakes, maintaining that fracking had been going on for nearly sixty years. They simply overlook the fact that it is only in the last dozen years or so, the “slick-water fracks” were introduced. In this form of fracking vast amounts of water mixed with sand and dozens of toxic chemicals are injected under extreme pressure to break the underground rock reservoir and release gas trapped in the rock pores. They also deny the impact of toxic materials in the groundwater that subsequently pollutes the nearby water-wells.
This is the result of unbridled capitalism. This is what happens when all regulations are removed to give the greedy corporations freehand, just as demanded by the Tea Party Republicans.