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Unfortunately, I don’t know anything more about this situation than you do. I have a text message into Susie, and I know others are attempting to contact her as well. More when there’s more.

Did fracking cause the earthquake?

For a long time, people have been pointing out a possible link between deep drilling and earthquakes. So yesterday I wondered the same thing:

According to geologists, it isn’t the fracking itself that is linked to earthquakes, but the re-injection of waste salt water (as much as 3 million gallons per well) deep into rock beds.

Braxton County West Virginia (160 miles from Mineral) has experienced a rash of freak earthquakes (eight in 2010) since fracking operations started there several years ago. According to geologists fracking also caused an outbreak of thousands of minor earthquakes in Arkansas (as many as two dozen in a single day). It’s also linked to freak earthquakes in Texas, western New York, Oklahoma and Blackpool, England (which had never recorded an earthquake before).

Industry scientists deny the link to earthquakes, arguing that energy companies have been fracking for nearly sixty years. However it’s only a dozen years ago that “slick-water fracks” were introduced. This form of fracking uses huge amounts of water mixed with sand and dozens of toxic chemicals like benzene, all of which is injected under extreme pressure to shatter the underground rock reservoir and release gas trapped in the rock pores. Not only does the practice utilize millions of gallons of freshwater per frack (taken from lakes, rivers, or municipal water supplies), the toxic chemicals mixed in the water to make it “slick” endanger groundwater aquifers and threaten to pollute nearby water-wells.

Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracking (which extend fractures across several kilometres) were introduced in 2004.

Don’t kill the dream

DFA has a new ad they want to get on the air. Go check it out, and if you can, send them a few bucks to do so.


PW’s “Top 10 drug corners” is an important story because its underlying point is that it’s impossible to do any reporting — and, more importantly, policing — that would significantly discourage the sale and use of illegal drugs, especially where “neighborhood-sustaining jobs” have disappeared forever.

R.I.P. Joey Vento

David Foster Wallace

Until I read this, I had no idea that I wrote like him. I thought I wrote like early Tom Wolfe, but whatever!

Look at this shit

Go read Digby.

Now, here’s the part that’s missing from the discussion: The members of the press should have stood up for those people. They are protected under the exact same law. If I’d been a reporter covering that meeting and I had a video camera, you can be goddamned sure I would have had a camera right up in that cop’s face.

But “journalists” these days are well trained to avoid controversy.


Deja vu all over again!

Insurance on the debt of several major European banks has now hit historic levels, higher even than those recorded during financial crisis caused by the US financial group’s implosion nearly three years ago.

Credit default swaps on the bonds of Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo, among others, flashed warning signals on Wednesday. Credit default swaps (CDS) on RBS were trading at 343.54 basis points, meaning the annual cost to insure £10m of the state-backed lender’s bonds against default is now £343,540.
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