I suppose at some point it was bound to come up. I mean, another study linking fracking to earthquakes was going to get published except this time it sounds ominous. NBC News reports a huge new study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado has been published in the journal Science. The manuscript states that the more and faster oil and gas companies pump recycled saltwater into the ground the more they have triggered earthquakes in areas where fracking occurs. Wells that pumped more than twelve million gallons of reused saltwater monthly into the ground were more likely to cause quakes than those that did not.
Yet during August of last year a seismologist from the University of Texas named Cliff Frohlich states that it is possible but unclear since some oil wells he examined that were fracked experienced earthquakes while others did not. On the whole, Flohlich thinks hydraulic fracturing doesn’t cause them.
Environmentalists will cherry-pick from stories in order to make up propaganda against fracking. They have tried (and failed) to link the procedure to polluting groundwater and other aspects of the natural environment but it does not mean they will stop trying even when the science is against them.
An article published during May of this year in the Winston-Salem Journal states that fracking has been linked to increased earthquakes in Walnut Cove, North Carolina citing recent research linking the drilling method to increased earthquakes in Oklahoma.
In January, TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck interviewed Miami University of Ohio professor Michael Brudzinski whose research has been cited by opponents of fracking stating the procedure does cause earthquakes. Brudzinski says there is a lot more to his work than what is being quoted. Basically, fracking opponents and the media are leaving out an important point he made in his study.