Arkansas earthquakes “could be related to ongoing natural gas exploration” says expert


Gas companies blamed for more than 30 earthquakes in two cities in four days, Daily Mail (UK), February 17, 2011:

The north-central Arkansas cities of Greenbrier and Guy have been affected by more than 30 earthquakes since Sunday ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 3.8. ...

Geohazards supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey Scott Ausbrooks, said: 'The quakes are part of what is now called the Guy earthquake swarm — a series of mild earthquakes that have been occurring periodically since 2009. It could just be a naturally occurring swarm like the Enola swarm, or it could be related to ongoing natural gas exploration in the area.' ...

Guy Police Chief Dave Martini said they continue to blame the gas companies for the quakes...

A total of 700 earthquakes have occurred in the region in the last six months. ...

Mr Ausbrooks said geologists don't believe the production wells are the problem, but rather the injection wells that are used to dispose of 'frack' water when it can no longer be re-used. The wastewater is pressurized and injected into the ground.

Read the report here.

See also: Earthquake in Gulf — 3.5 on richter scale detected near Florida/Alabama border at 5:15 pm (VIDEO)

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