Kate and Anna McGarrigle:
I’ve been reading for years that there’s a possible connection between fracking and earthquakes. I’m curious to see what happens if they shut the wells:
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission will consider temporarily shutting down two injection wells that have been linked to recent earthquakes in the region when it holds an emergency meeting today.
The wells are used by the natural gas industry for wastewater from production. The Oil and Gas Commission’s staff requested that two wells be shut down until the panel can reconsider the matter at a March 29 meeting.
“I can’t go into detail at this time, but I can say that we believe there is a potential correlation between injection operations and earthquakes at one or both of those wells,” said Shane Khoury, deputy director and general counsel for the commission.
One of the wells is outside Guy and is owned by Chesapeake Operating Inc. The other near Greenbrier is owned by Clarita Operating LLC.
Chesapeake Energy said it believes its wells are safe and that it would continue to provide information to the commission.
“We remain very confident that an objective review of the facts and science do not support the proposed action,” Danny Games Sr., director of corporate development, said in a written statement. “We have dedicated extensive resources and have consulted with several very qualified geophysicists and seismologists to better understand the science, including the natural seismicity of the area that long pre-dates our operations.”
Going up. Enough to make anyone really happy? Just the 152,000 people per month who got jobs. There are still a lot of unemployed people out here.
Via the Left Coaster. You know, I don’t think most people can even conceive of the lengths to which the corporate class goes to shape our perceptions:
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
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My buddy Cliff Schecter wrote this piece over at C&L, and since as a reporter, there was nothing I loved better than going through data to get answers on different issues (and you too, Cos!), I think this is a splendid resource:
I find urban studies fascinating, which is perhaps why it was a concentration back when I was in school. To me–perhaps because I have lived in big cities most of my life–finding ways to reform city government, bring transparency, better deliver services and improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas is a passion, because I think there are so many possibilities (especially with today’s technology) for making people’s lives better by rising up to meet these challenges.
This is why I am thrilled to be working with the City Forward initiative. What is City Forward? It is a tool that pulls public data from urban centers on different issues (user specified) and displays it in customizable graphs.
For example, users can create an ‘exploration’ for important environmental issues such as water usage in multiple cities, and then have it displayed in charts that will visually present the data in a way that people can understand it. These charts allow anyone to make a case or tell a story about what one city or many cities are doing to improve in an areas such as this one, and what others are neglecting.
In other words, in addition to being groundbreaking in its potential applications, its a pretty cool tool for improving government transparency and letting people access public records in a useful, understandable way.
You can go to the site and see what explorations have already been done in cities across the world, and come up with some of your own. And you can encourage your city to share data with the initiative, to fight for the kind of improvements we all need, and quite frankly, deserve.
This is just provides another way to bring some light into the often dark corners of government, while improving our everyday lives. Not a bad thing in today’s world, for sure.