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Ohio Lawmakers Banned Fracking After Confirming Link to Earthquakes

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Wednesday 23 January 2013
Described as ‘apocalyptic’, the sinkholes were behemoth in size, swallowing up 100 foot trees and reaching up to the size of around 4 football fields.
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Fracking, the act of injecting a chemical soup of substances like like lead and formaldehyde into fissures to expel natural gas, has been linked time and time again to both biological and geological consequences. Doctors have urged officials to ban fracking due to the serious links to cancer and other life-threatening conditions, and experts have been warning for years about how fracking may be to blame for certain earthquake ‘pockets’ around the nation.

In January of 2012, Ohio lawmakers placed a ban on fracking after a panel of experts said that they are certain the highly toxic gas-gathering process was to blame for an outbreak of earthquakes within the state.

The seismologist experts say that fracking is to blame for an entire string of quakes that have been troubling Ohio citizens and beyond. Among these earthquakes is a 4.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Ohio on New Year’s Eve 2012. In the past, fracking has also been linked to the appearance of mass sinkholes around the country — sinkholes that have actually been known to leak radiation along with other toxic substances. The sinkholes, which I’ve covered extensively in the past, actually forced residents to evacuate their homes nearby.

Described as ‘apocalyptic’, the sinkholes were behemoth in size, swallowing up 100 foot trees and reaching up to the size of around 4 football fields.

Seismotologists are still tying all of the events together, however it appears that fracking is at least one common thread between all of these scenarios. And some experts are saying that these events won’t stop anytime soon. A representative from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University named John Armbruster stated:

“The earthquakes will trickle on as a kind of a cascading process once you’ve caused them to occur… This one year of pumping is a pulse that has been pushed into the ground, and it’s going to be spreading out for at least a year.”

This means that the effects of the fracking technique can be felt for at least a year following the process, demonstrating the very delicate balance within the Earth that once disrupted can result in severe consequences. And to give you an idea of how prevalent fracking is within the United States, within Ohio alone there were 177 wells in use by fracking operations in 2012. It was back in 2010 when a company known as D&L began drilling thousands of feet into the Earth, an act that has caused earthquakes to follow according to the scientists. The company drills 9,000 feet into the Earth in order to inject its chemical stew, and is now being temporarily banned from fracking in Ohio following the findings.

The reason I highlight this report from 2012 is that the pieces of the puzzle are not being placed together in many cases in regards to fracking. Whether or not the mass sinkholes and earthquakes that continue to spring up around the globe are entirely caused by sinkholes, which they certainly may not be, is up for debate. What is scary, however, is that very few researchers are examining the relationship between these events and fracking sites. When you take a close look, it is easy to see that fracking at least threatens the health of residents in a very serious way.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

It would be wonderful IF it

It would be wonderful IF it were true that Ohio was anywhere near close to banning fracking - but it is Not. The action taken in January of 2012 was a TEMPORARY halt on Injection wells after studies showed that an injection well caused a 4.0 earthquake in Youngstown. That Temporary halt has now been lifted and Ohio is back to accepting millions of gallons of toxic and radioactive waste for disposal in class II injection wells. And on track to drill 1400 new Shale gas wells by 2015. This is a dangerous and shortsighted policy looking only at short term profit and ignoring valid health, safety and environmental concerns.

It's not over in Ohio. Ohio

It's not over in Ohio. Ohio is poised to pass a bill to allow fracking without disclosure of chemicals:

http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2012/12/10/will-ohio-legislation-reveal...

Lady Amazone, Reality Bites

Lady Amazone, Reality Bites was using sarcasm, mocking the real deniers like Mister B by exaggerating their callous cruel statements. I'm glad you are determined to be a defender of the earth, but sarcasm is another tactic for accomplishing the same goals, by helping folks realize how ridiculous the arguments of folks like Mister B are. It makes you look foolish if you can't identify sarcasm and over-react to it instead. We need to make the Precautionary Principle law so that the fossil fuel profiteers must prove that their methods can't cause harm before they can use them, and that if harm comes to folks in the areas where they work they'd have to prove they were not responsible for it, or pay for the damage. The way it is now, the poor folks who are harmed have to try to prove the frackers at fault before they can get a penny of help, and they can't even afford a lawyer to try. the Precautionary Principle would inhibit fracking in areas where the geology isn't totally suited to doing it safely, as insurance cos wouldn't cover those business activities, and lawsuits would tend to be won by the victims, making it more costly to frack than to conserve energy through superinsulation and renewable energy.

So fracking is done by

So fracking is done by fracturing the earth below our feet. Any bozo here have special xray eyes to see where the aquifers are? Such a great idea. Injecting crap into the earth, destroying the formations there and then bringing up crap like toulene and god knows what else and storing the ponds of shiite next to where I used to buy my freaking apples in Wexford Pa. Nuts, plain lunacy, Idiots! just sheer lunatics! They'd piss in your water if half a chance of makin abuck. All about makin a buck. Hell this gas ain't for us anyway, its just BS, they take there money and leave you with the Shiite. Anybody who thinks this crap is kosher is either on the take or plain nuts. And the idiots wonder why people are gettin pissed.

I hope this isn't just

I hope this isn't just another scare tactic to inhibit economic growth and man's quality of life, for the sake of more government control, and to pad the pockets of a some shyster like Al Gore with his global warming/climate change nonsense. Maybe if we start ignoring these "Chicken Littles" they will go away. I know they have been fracking for over thirty years and now suddenly it's a problem.

Al Gore may be semi full of

Al Gore may be semi full of crap and stands to make a ton of money on his "cap and trade" crap but how much money are these natural gas and oil shysters making on extracting oil and gas with no back up plans for disasters and very little money spent on safety factors? The eathquakes are in places where it was not common before. Fracking is poisoning ground water and uses millions of gallons of water for the process. Extract gas the old way...and more exploration of wind and solar are needed. If fracking is so wonderful lets make all the executives and workers drink the water in the areas they are fracking.

It's not about Chicken

It's not about Chicken Littles Who try to scare people for some kind of profit making scheme . But it is about the Foolish non believers , the Liars and the Pretending of the Experts who Know damn well the dangers of fracking, polluting, destroying clear waters, clean air and turning fertile Earth into hot dry desert land and causing the melting down of the north pole's snow... These Exploiters of the Earth and their Greed for Profits are the direct causes of Global warming and many of the latest extreme weather conditions. These Corporate Thieves and Crooks are constructing , digging, and rigging this Planet to Blow, with pipe line running from the North to South, from the East to the West. People must protest against the raping , robbing and violation committed against this beautiful Planet Earth.. STOP now.. This is a Red Light Emergence !!!

It's not about Chicken Little

It's not about Chicken Little Who try to scare people for some kind of profit making scheme . But it is about the Foolish non believers , the Liars and the Pretending of the Experts who Know damn well the dangers of fracking, polluting, destroying clear waters, clean air and turning fertile Earth into hot dry desert land and causing the melting down of the north pole's snow... These Exploiters of the Earth and their Greed for Profits are the direct causes of Global warming and many of the latest extreme weather conditions. These Corporate Thieves and Crooks are constructing , digging, and rigging this Planet to Blow, with pipe line running from the North to South, from the East to the West. People must protest against the raping , robbing and violation committed against this beautiful Planet Earth.. STOP now.. This is a Red Light Emergence !!!

"I know they have been

"I know they have been fracking for over thirty years and now suddenly it's a problem." Suddenly? The surge in fracking is what people are now responding to, fracking has ALWAYS been dirty. There is a dramatic increase in health problems associated with fracking both in the water and air. People are being sickened by the poisonous gases given off in the process of refining and they are getting sick because their water is polluted beyond redemption. Next, why would any of us want to kill economic growth? We don't want that any more than you do, that was one dumb statement. Hurting AMERICAN people is NOT acceptable dude. The process of fracking is a dirty, dirty practice padding the pockets of every major oil company in the US. We the people don't have any idea what they are using in the fracking solution so that we can monitor the problems that arise, this is un American and unacceptable. The sad part is they can do this in a cleaner manner but won't and don't, (why? $$$$$$$$$$$) but that is the only acceptable way of continuing to frack, it's for profits, the oil companies profit without regard to American citizens. I guarantee that your tune would change in a heartbeat if it were you living there, but it's not now is it, and you don't give a damn. After all we are just "chicken littles" trying to ruin our economy . PS I've worked for over 20 years in the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial diver for just about every oil company out there.

I'm sure there is nothing

I'm sure there is nothing wrong with Fracking, I mean to say the oil companies always tell the truth, and never ever mess up or lie. Deep Horizon was just a small mistake, nobody misses the gulf anyway.

Shame !! Shame !! on you

Shame !! Shame !! on you RealityBites, what is your reality with this kind of statement ??? Are you joking are just plain dumb ??? Do you live on the Planet Earth or Did you land in from some other Planet ??? I'm just wondering because it's obvious you don't understand what is happening here with the pollution on Planet Earth!! Because I refuse to think you just don't give à Damn.. God Forbid !!!

At last. I hope it's not too

At last. I hope it's not too late. This thing has been going on for ten, fifteen years. There are many thousands of wells out there. It just beats me. It's a matter of elementary logic. Common sense. How can it be good to inject all this water and chemicals into the ground. Poisoning the water, the air. And continuing the carbon-based, methane-based dirty energy system accelerating climate change, global warming. This needs to be stopped. Clean energy sources must be used. Only a green economy can save the world in the long run. The American people must do what it takes to stop this growth economy that is ruining the world. A better world must be built in which oligarchs don't exist. Panels of wise men should be created to control the activities of the multinationals and governments. Inequality must be drastically reduced. We must share a lot more. It's possible. Wake up people of America, and make it happen.

On human activity induced

On human activity induced seismicity, pls see LINK below for multiple references (dozens of scholarly articles and peer reviewed papers)

OR Just search with "human induced earthquakes" in any search engine

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=human+induced+earthquakes&hl=en&as_s...

I am sure the two commenters

I am sure the two commenters below are well qualified geologists, but in case they may have overlooked it, I include the following brief quote from an American Geological Institute publication:

"Sinkhole collapses occur naturally; they also may be induced by human activities (Fig. 27). Natural sinkholes and induced sinkholes can generally be separated on the basis of physical characteristics, frequency and density of occurrence, and environmental setting. Induced sinkholes generally develop much faster than natural sinkholes, although all collapse sinkholes require some dissolution of the underlying bedrock.... "

You can read the rest in:
http://www.agiweb.org/environment/publications/karst.pdf

What a huge piece of fiction!

What a huge piece of fiction! Ohio did not ban fracturing. They temporarily stopped issuing new permits for salt water injection wells. Now, even that is back in full swing.

There are no sink holes and no radiation - espicially from fracing... It should be against the law to falsely scare the public with made-up fabrications just because you no nothing about something and therefore opose it. Shame on Gucciari !

Not true. Fracking waste is

Not true. Fracking waste is radioactive from radon in many areas. There are no requirements to monitor this waste or dispose of it as hazardous waste.

Please educate yourself beyond company propaganda.

WGK: "There are no sink holes

WGK: "There are no sink holes and no radiation - espicially from fracing..."
So the people who lost their homes, (and the pictures of the destruction!) are just made up. Probably by the Moon landing fraudsters, right?

The "made up" part is where these huge oil companies lie about the consequences, and raise false questions of "doubt." That is what should be illegal.

They are coming to frack at an aquifer near you. Hope you like flaming tap water.

The whole thing about

The whole thing about fracking being a contributor towards earthquakes can not possibly be true. The forces that cause earthquakes are hundreds of miles down withing the earth's crust. These are HUGE forces greater than a thermonuclear device. To suggest that fracking has anything to do with earthquakes is madness.

Talk to a seismologist. They

Talk to a seismologist. They will explain it to you.

Pcone 2 "The whole thing

Pcone 2 "The whole thing about fracking being a contributor towards earthquakes can not possibly be true."
Based on what?Are you qualified to have a discussion of the geological forces and the physics involved? Are you proficient in calculus? .......I didn't think so.
An earthquake occurs in an area that was close to failure. Your judgment about what it takes to actually cause the failure is limited by your (observed) lack of the science required to make such determination. In other words, you don't know what you are talking about.

He probably at least as

He probably at least as qualified as yourself and the author of the article; he's just a journalist. Are you qualified?

I am qualified. Fracking is

I am qualified. Fracking is UNACCEPTABLE. I've been invited to speak many times on the business practices of the oil companies and their agenda's. This comes from over 20 years in the oil patch of the Gulf of Mexico as a diving supervisor with a degree in geology and I'm here to tell you, the oil companies don't give a damn about ANYTHING other than a profit, period AND they kill Americans on purpose with regularity!!!

And yet... they are

And yet... they are happening... a lot more than normal... and shortly after fracking began... not proof of causality, but convincing evidence.

If I were you, I'd at least give the "experts" a little credit before denying everything outright on gut feeling. The edges of tectonic plates don't have to be hundreds of miles deep. Cracks have been known to occur at ground level and swallow whole towns. If earthquakes are caused by moving pieces of the earth's crust, obviously, somewhere it has to reach the surface or close to it.

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