Some good news/bad news or at least good news/interesting news on fracking, good news first: As TruthOut reports, New Jersey legislators have put forth a bill that would ban fracking in the state, making it the first state in the nation to do so. So far the bill has been approved the New Jersey Senate Environment Committee.
Let's see how far it goes... Then the interesting news:You may have been unaware, but Arkansas had been experiencing an abnormal number of small earthquakes lately, and fracking opponents laid blame on the feet of the natural gas extraction method. And it appears they may have been right, as once two injection wells at fracking sites were shutdown, the number and strength of the the quakes dropped off.
The Center for Earthquake Research and Information recorded around 100 earthquakes in the seven days preceding the shutdown earlier this month, including the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years - a magnitude 4.7 on Feb. 27. A dozen of the quakes had magnitudes greater than 3.0. In the days since the shutdown, there have been around 60 recorded quakes, with only one higher than a magnitude 3.0. The majority were between magnitudes 1.2 and 2.8. (Huffington Post)
More on Fracking:
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