Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fracking Blamed

Insert fracking joke here:

After widespread speculation by the Twitterverse that fracking caused the earthquake that shook Los Angeles on Monday, three LA City Council members have now moved to begin a study on whether indeed fracking could be behind the seismic event. Councilmen Paul Koretz, Bernard Parks, and Mike Bonin have asked city departments to work with the US Geological Survey, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to determine whether fracking contributed to the earthquake.

The City Council has already moved to ban fracking within the city. The City Council vote was a unanimous 10-0, with Parks telling the press, “We’ve learned a great deal about the problems with fracking, and it is because of these grassroots groups that we’ve been educated.”
First, I'd note that grassroots groups might not be the best source of education. They have a conclusion and only supply evidence that supports that conclusion. Just like the catastrophic wing of the Global Warming Party.

But also: Don't you want many small earthquakes rather than one big one? The tension at the faults already exists. (put there no doubt by George Bush)  Isn't a more frequent, less intense, equalization of forces desirable? 

If they find that fracking caused this last shakey-shake, should they maybe send a thank you note?


citizenlurker said...

yeah, it's all mankind's fault, these earthquakes... earthquakes wouldn't be happening with such frequency in so cal if not for the fracking...