Study: Fracking for Natural Gas Can Trigger Earthquakes

The documentary Gasland looked at the potential dangers that fracking can do to groundwater supplies, but now, new research shows that using chemicals to drill for natural gas poses a new danger: Causing earthquakes. According to the research, the natural gas drilling method known as “fracking” can trigger earthquakes at drilling sites. The study, which has been published in the journal Science, found that clusters of minor earthquakes that have happened near drilling sites were triggered by large, far-off earthquakes, because of the injecting fluid used in the fracking process. So even if the water coming out of your faucet isn’t catching on fire, you may still have to be concerned about an earthquake thousands of miles away causing a seismic event in your own backyard …

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