Saturday, June 13, 2009

Texas Temblors: Fracking's Fault?

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about a recent flurry of earthquakes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area (link to WSJ print version; link to PDF copy). Eighteen low grade tremors have been felt in the DFW metro area, most notably around Cleburne and Euless, in two bunches, one last Halloween and another in mid-May 2009. There is some speculation that fracking of the Barnett Shale could be the culprit, but there is no proof.

This comes at a particularly bad time for the hydraulic fracking industry. With Congress looking at legislation that might impose restrictions on the practice, the industry doesn't need any bad press. It is important to note that the link between the small earthquakes and the Barnett is merely speculation, but it is a convenient conclusion for some to draw.

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