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Re: This is getting SERIOUS!!!

Post by Paul2CV on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:06 pm

Hi Forum,

This stuff with earthquakes and gas drilling injection wells has gotten serious enough the State has shut two wells down to explore the issue. Here's a good news story from Businessweek. The link is at the bottom

2 firms to suspend earthquake zone injection wells

By SARAH EDDINGTON

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

Two natural gas companies agreed Friday to temporarily cease operations of injection wells in an area of central Arkansas that has seen more than 800 earthquakes during the past six months.

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating of Little Rock said they would comply with the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission's emergency request to stop all injection activities in Greenbrier- and Guy-area wells used to dispose of wastewater from production. The panel's next regular meeting is March 29.

Geologists are studying a swarm of recent area quakes, most tiny, in an attempt to determine whether there is a connection between the seismic activity and gas-drilling companies' work in the Fayetteville Shale formation. A 4.7-magnitude earthquake, the most powerful reported in the state in 35 years, struck near Greenbrier on Sunday night.

A six-month moratorium on new injection wells in the area took effect in January to allow time to determine what relationship, if any, there is between the wells and the earthquakes.

Shane Khoury, deputy director and general counsel for the commission, said Arkansas Geological Survey researchers had found enough evidence to request an immediate shutdown of the two well locations. He added that the emergency order would not affect the five other injection wells currently operating in that region.

"We believe preliminary data from the moratorium study shows a potential connection between injection operations and earthquakes at one or both of those wells," he said.

The Fayetteville Shale, an organically-rich rock formation underlying the region, is a major source of natural gas in Arkansas. Drillers free up the gas by using hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which requires injecting pressurized water to create fractures deep in the ground. The two injection wells at issue dispose of waste "frack" water when it can no longer be re-used, by injecting it into the ground.

Khoury said there has been no evidence to indicate a connection between the earthquakes and production operations, only injection or disposal methods.

Neither company testified at the hearing or offered evidence on its behalf, but will have the opportunity to do so at the next hearing.

Danny Games Sr., director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy, said the company complied with the emergency request because it needed more time to review the information.

"This is obviously a very involved and very complicated matter," Games said. "There's a lot of science and a lot of facts that should come to bear, and in light of the very short time frame that we had to work with, we simply did not have time to prepare in the manner we felt was proper for this discussion."

Games said, however, that he does not agree with the commission's conclusions and that the earthquakes are a natural occurrence.

"We believe there is a lot of natural seismicity in this area," he said. "This is an area where there's been seismic activity for over 30 years, and we think this is a continuation of that."

Brian Hughes, general manager of Clarita Operating, declined comment. Clarita's parent company is True Energy Services of Ada, Okla.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LONFMG0.htm

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Post by Paul2CV on Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:46 pm

Hi spring_riverchick,

Great post. That is very interesting stuff that you found about AK. Something is going on. My favorite part of the news article that was posted earlier is the line:

Fracturing, or "fracking," involves injecting pressurized water to create fractures deep in the ground to help free the gas. Geologists don't believe the fracturing is the problem, but possibly the injection wells.

Isn't saying "It's not the fracturing but the injection wells" kinda like saying, "It's not the gun that killed the bear it was the bullet"? Who cares whether it was the "fracking" or the" injection well"???!!! It's part of the same process -- Natural Gas Drilling!

How much can we mess around deep under ground in an area we know has a history of instability and not expect something bad to happen? Hope it's not too late when we find out.

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Post by springriver_chick on Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:32 pm

I've been reading up on earthquakes and the New Madrid Fault. I'm finding a lot of stuff on the internet about "HAARP" causing earthquakes. I've never even HEARD of the HAARP project before--a facility north of Fairbanks, AK that sends ionic signals that penetrate the inner earth as well several stratosphers. Some of the articles, predating Arkansas' bird and fish deaths on New Year's day, blame HAARP for causing massive death to wildlife. Whether its just crazy speculation or what, i found it interesting.

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Post by mike on Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:27 pm

It's the New Madrid Fault? I'm not too worried about it, but anything's a possibility I guess.


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This is getting SERIOUS!!!

Post by Paul2CV on Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:12 am

Hi Forum,

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110301/ap_on_re_us/us_arkansas_earthquakes

Also see the other posts in this section.

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