Los Angeles Earthquakes in center of Frack Zone

Crazy or what?

Monday’s 4.4 quake was a timely warning. It’s typical that the USA permits fracking waste injection wells, known to trigger earthquakes, all over an area of dangerous fault lines. Anything goes, as always in the sacred cause of making a fast buck. Of course prospecting and extracting new fossil fuel resources is ecocidal and ultimately suicidal for the human race, since we need to leave most of the already discovered fossil fuels in the ground, just to avoid a total catastrophe. Instead billions of public cash in tax breaks are handed out to these same mega criminals. Now hopefully fracking will be banned, at least in the city of LA.

Frack Quakes

the below articles were written just before the 17th March quake,, now they can say ‘I told you so!!

Will frackers cause California’s next big earthquake?


The Ring of Fire, an earthquake-prone area around the edges of the Pacific Ocean, might not be the best spot for earth-rumbling fracking practices. But fracking is exploding in the ringside state of California, raising fears that the industry could trigger the next “big one.”

More than half of the 1,553 active wastewater injection wells used by frackers in California are within 10 miles of a seismic fault that has ruptured within the past two centuries, according to a jarring new report. The fracking industry’s habit of injecting its wastewater underground has been linked to earthquakes. (And Ohio officials are investigating whether fracking itself was enough to trigger temblors early this week.)

From the report:


“Some of California’s major population centers, such as Los Angeles and Bakersfield, are located in regions where high densities of wastewater injection wells are operating very close to active faults,” according to the report, which was conducted by Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Water Action. It further notes that California has “no plan to safeguard its residents from the risks of earthquakes” induced by injection wells or drilling and fracking operations.

“This isn’t rocket science,” said report coauthor Jhon Arbelaez. “We’ve known for decades that wastewater injection increases earthquake risk. … [O]ur only option to protect California families is to prevent fracking altogether.”

Could Fracking in Los Angeles Cause an Earthquake?

Thursday, May 17 2012


Tuesday's event at Kenneth Hahn Soccer Fields, adjacent to the Inglewood Oil Field.

Tessa Stuart

Tuesday’s event at Kenneth Hahn Soccer Fields, adjacent to the Inglewood Oil Field.

Conversations about fracking, the controversial technique for natural gas extraction (alternately known as “that thing that turns your tap water flammable“) are typically confined to Pennsylvania, where the critically acclaimed documentary Gasland was set, or the state of New York, currently debating whether or not it will allow fracking after a four-year hiatus for environmental review.

Don’t feel left out, Angelenos, we’ve got fracking here too! And it might even be more dangerous than the kind that has allegedly poisoned drinking water and polluted the air in the Midwest and on the East Coast — because injecting a high-pressure mixture of chemicals into the Earth to create fissures that release natural gas could have the effect of triggering a massive earthquake here in Southern California.

The Inglewood Oil Field in Baldwin Hills is the largest urban oilfield in the nation — more than one million people live within five miles of the site — and it sits atop a fault line capable of 7.4 magnitude earthquake. Which might be why Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community and Food and Water Watch chose the little league field adjacent to the oil field as the site for a press conference Tuesday announcing a statewide campaign to ban the practice.

Drilling at the Inglewood Oil Field dates back to 1926, but the oil reserves were thought to be sucked dry … until 2004, when PXP got the greenlight to drill three new wells.

On January 10, 2006, fracking at the Inglewood Oil Field released a cloud of fumes so toxic that residents of Baldwin Hills and Culver City were forced to evacuate their homes. That incident prompted a lawsuit by members of the community, settled in 2011. Under the terms of the settlement PXP would have to monitor air quality, cut down on the noise and reduce the number of wells from 600 to 500 by the year 2028.

According to a letter from PXP to Larry Jaramillo of the Los Angeles County Zoning Enforcement, in August of last year California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources once again approved fracking on the property.

After an appearance at Tuesday’s press conference, Gasland director Josh Fox joined environmental writer Bill McKibben on stage at UCLA’s Hammer Museum for a forum on fracking and the Keystone Pipeline. During the talk, Fox pointed out that scientists from the US Geological Survey recently released a study saying the six-fold increase in earthquakes felt in Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas since the inception of drilling in the areas was “almost certainly manmade.”

The study, presented last month at a meeting of the Seismological Society of America, says that for three decades, 1970-2000, there were an average of 21 seismic events in the US midcontinent. Those numbers spiked once oil and gas companies began fracking in the region: there were 50 events in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011. USGS scientists found there was “strong evidence” linking the increase in earthquakes to fracking practices. The abstract of the study is available online.

The strong link between fracking and the increase in earthquakes is why, Fox pointed out Tuesday, it might not be a great idea to drill in Baldwin Hills at a site that sits directly atop the Newport-Inglewood Fault.

At the same time anti-fracking activists (and at least one heckler from the oil and gas industry) gathered in Baldwin Hills on Tuesday, the Western States Petroleum Association was releasing a survey in which member oil companies self-reported using hydraulic fracturing on 628 wells in California last year.

California, which ranks fourth in oil production nationally, has imposed tougher regulations on fracking than exist at the federal level, but the state does not require oil companies to disclose whether they employ the controversial technique, nor which chemicals they use. Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community and Food and Water Watch are looking to change that — by having the practice banned in California altogether.

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