Fracking causes earthquakes … so what?

The Associated Press reports that a new study published in the November issue of the journal of Seismological Research Letters points to nearly 400 earthquakes in the state at a recently discovered fault in Harrison County last year. This sounds terrible. I mean the fact that fracking causes earthquakes should be reason to halt the practice and should be reason enough for people to start heading for the hills, right? Not exactly.

The AP article points out the study included ten of the earthquakes the study’s participants reviewed were of magnitudes 1.7 to 2.2. While the seismic activity was enough to place a moratorium on the issuance of licenses to perform the drilling method in the state, despite 190 quakes starting as a result of fracking, none of them were felt by people. There is also the concern that if fracking can cause minor earthquakes larger ones could occur. According to another study conducted in England that examined if fracturing caused earthquakes, it stated that while the possibility that larger earthquakes could occur, the likeliness of that happening is extremely rare.

The media wouldn’t omit certain facts would it? Nah!