Large Oklahoma earthquake shifted the earth by 3 centimeters, study says

The earth shifted by about 3 centimeters during the most powerful earthquake in recorded history in Oklahoma in September. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Pawnee tore apart houses in the rural area near the epicenter.

A new series of studies published in GeoScience World in July, which analyzed the Pawnee earthquake, revealed a number of new findings. One study detected small earthquakes that preceded the big one, as pressure built up along the fault line where the earthquake happened.

Eric Fielding of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used satellites to estimate how far the earth moved deep within the crust and found a shift of about 3 centimeters.



Frack City, USA


Who Do They represent?
Even after all of the publicity regarding death and destruction of family’s and property, Including the death of workers, they still seem to not understand the true possibility of a catastrophic event. Even if one supports oil/gas development it is behooving to consider the possibility of a major mishap. More praise of an industry than content fitting a governing body overseeing the health and well being of children.


Another Big Gift to Oil & Gas: Zinke Fast Tracks Drilling on Public Lands

By Theo Spencer and Amy Mall

In another gift to big polluters, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed an order Thursday directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hold quarterly oil and gas lease sales and to issue new oil and gas drilling permits within only 30 days from application.

The move is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to allow dirty oil and gaspolluters to dominate public lands that belong to the American people.

The oil and gas industry doesn’t need any more special favors or giveaways. The fossil fuel industry has received taxpayer handouts for decades.


Mapping Colorado’s Invisible Pipeline Network

A one-inch pipeline running just feet below a home in Firestone, Colorado, leaked odorless gas into the basement this spring, causing an explosion that leveled the house. Two people died and another was severely injured.

In the following weeks, fears mounted and questions piled up over these small “flowlines.” Communities wanted to know: Where are other flowlines located? The answer was unsatisfying. A publicly available statewide map of these lines did not exist.

Following the explosion, Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered a review of oil and gas operations. As part of this review, companies were required to turn in GPS location data for all flowlines within 1,000 feet of buildings by May 30. Now, Inside Energy has mapped that data.


After Firestone Explosion, Residents Worry About Home Values

  JUN 20, 2017

When a home went up in flames on Twilight Avenue in April, in a subdivision north of Denver, two people died. Now, the investigation into what happened is underway, clean-up is ongoing, lawsuits are being filed and residents who live in that small community are worried — not only about their safety but about the value of their homes.

The explosion was caused by a small pipeline leaking gas into the home, owned by oil and gas giant Anadarko. In this part of Colorado, energy infrastructure is everywhere.


Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water, Homes Across the Country

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica, April 4, 2011, 12 a.m.

A version of this story was co-publishedwith the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence.


EPA alleges widespread air pollution by Colorado oil and gas company

POSTED 5:51 PM, JUNE 28, 2017, BY UPDATED AT 11:03PM, JUNE 28, 2017

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The Environmental Protection Agency, , along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, filed a lawsuit against PDC Energy, alleging widespread air pollution in northern Colorado.

According to the lawsuit, the accusation centers around 86 sites in the Wattenberg Field, an area north of Denver and south of Greeley prone to oil and gas development.