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–Why is Oklahoma leading in earthquakes?

March 22, 2016

Cushing, Oklahoma is home to many storage tanks full of oil. So, what if you took that amount of oil and put it into semi-tanker trucks, parked bumper to bumper. You’d have a convoy that stretched from Cushing, across the Atlantic, all the way across Europe past Berlin, Germany. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a lot of weight being stored in one little area.

What do you think? Does concentrating that kind of weight on a few square miles have any significant geologic effect? Could anyone really know for sure?

I keep reading on Drudge and other sources about Oklahoma earthquakes. What a new and different aspect to living in the central U.S.––so calm for all those years but now vibrating its citizens into a new lifestyle of cracked walls and shattered glass. Some accept it, but not all.

Energy industries accept it. They’re busy seeking resources from under the feet of Oklahoma residents and explain it one way or another. One, that the local increase in earthquakes is simply an innocent byproduct of their industry (nothing to worry about), or, two, that the local increase of quakes has nothing at all to do with their drilling, fracking or waste-water injections. Quakes are just a coincidence. Kind of like that same coincidence in the 1960’s with Colorado’s waste-water injections.

The fact remains that we don’t really know what’s under our feet in the sense of how our planet is knit together or how it all works. When the experts tell us that their industrial activities have no consequence, we need to remember that the deepest hole ever drilled is said to be about seven miles––not very deep when you’re told that Earth is about 8,000 miles across. So if we can’t get down under (nothing to do with Australia) to examine things, how can anyone up here above ground really know where they stand?

I’m not against the energy companies. I like to flip a switch for light or heat instead of having to kindle a fire. Don’t you?

But conveniences of technology bring certain trade offs. What trade offs? Well, people differ on that. Some trade opinion for fact while others trade fact for opinion. And with a shortage of knowledge, opinions can live on for years to conceal the true trade offs.

Right now our study of geology is overflowing with lots of opinion. Especially about earthquakes and what causes them.