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posted by hubie on Wednesday November 23, @04:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-feel-the-earth-move-under-my-feet dept.

The state's Railroad Commission is investigating whether the 5.4-magnitude quake last week was a natural event:

The Railroad Commission Texas, which regulates the state's oil and gas industry, is investigating a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked communities in West Texas last Wednesday, The Texas Tribune reports. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling technique common in the area that is known to cause earthquakes.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred on November 16, just west of Pecos, Texas. This was the state's largest earthquake since 1995 and was felt as far as El Paso. The oil and gas regulatory agency is trying to understand if this was a naturally occurring earthquake or if it was caused by waste water from fracking. Waste water disposal from fracking has dramatically increased the number of earthquakes in Texas. The seismic activity has especially become more common around the Permian Basin in West Texas, where oil and gas production is concentrated, according to the Texas Tribune.

[...] The Texas Tribune previously reported that the number of earthquakes in the state doubled in 2021. According to data from the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, there were more than 200 earthquakes categorized as 3 magnitude and higher. There were only 95 earthquakes reported in Texas in 2020, according to the Bureau's data.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by khallow on Thursday November 24, @06:30AM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @06:30AM (#1281408) Journal

    The fundamental flaws with your argument is that you assume the way things are currently run is the ONLY way things can currently run, so we just have to accept the blatant corruption and wealth transfer to the rich. You also assume that they are, in fact, "keeping the lights on".

    I agree with the grandparent. They are indeed keeping the lights on. And the people who rant about "blatant corruption and wealth transfer to the rich" from normal market activity? I wouldn't trust them to run a lemonade stand much less have an informed opinion on the energy industry.

    The fact is, these greedy oil company bastards are NOT keeping the lights on. They have demonstrated that several times now. Texas has more than enough resources they need a hundred fold over, yet they have _willingly chose_ to let people freeze to death rather than risk the possibility that they might not make quite as much profit as they feel they are entitled to.

    In other words, they had a one-time power outage due to a freak ice storm and now it's a narrative about rich people. I suggest for more examples, the lack of new nuclear plants (or means to recycle the ever growing pile of nuclear waste) or new refineries for half a century because the public thought they were bad. Rich people were too greedy to fix that too.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 25, @06:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 25, @06:51AM (#1281553)