earth quakes are up world wide, not just the US.
Good point... we assume fracking is only happening in the US - those boys have been exporting that technology...Shale gas ‘fracking’ halted after possible quake linkhttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/shale-gas-fracking-halted-after-possible-quake-link/article2042598/
SHAWN McCARTHY — GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
OTTAWA— From Friday's Globe and Mail
..." U.K.-based Cuadrilla Resources suspended its hydraulic fracturing – in which chemically laced water is injected at high pressure to crack open gas-bearing rock – pending a review of the seismic activity near the Preese Hall drilling site.
The British Geological Survey said it recorded a 1.5-magnitude earthquake on Friday, following a 2.3-magnitude quake in April, both near the drilling site operated by Cuadrilla. Neither caused any damage.
In a statement posted on its website, the BGS said evidence suggests the high pressure “fracking” – as the process is also known – may have caused the quakes.
“The timing of the two events in conjunction with the fluid injection suggests that they may be related,” it said."
Would be good to find out where they are using fracking outside the US. May be happening in an 'unannounced' way, as they so frequently do the most damage without informing the public.
==================NZ launches fracking inquiryhttp://abcasiapacificnews.com/stories/201203/3466581.htm
Fracking is the practice of using hydraulic fracturing to mine gas and oil from deep underground.
Dominique Schwartz, New Zealand correspondent
Last Updated: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:04:00 +1100
New Zealand's environmental watchdog has announced an investigation into the consequences of the controversial mining method known as fracking.
New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says there is a strong case for an official investigation into hydraulic fracturing.
Fracking is the practice of using high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals to fracture underground rock to release oil and gas.
The Green Party says New Zealanders should be worried about fracking which international studies have linked to drinking water contamination, health problems and earthquakes.
The New Zealand inquiry will report to parliament by the end of the year.
In Australia, the New South Wales Government has extended its fracking ban until April when a review on potential risks is complete.
However, Western Australia still allows shale gas fracking.
======================Shale Goes GlobalScrappy American companies are exporting their controversial drilling techniques to Asia and Europe, where "fracking" could face less regulation.http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/green_room/2010/11/shale_goes_global.htmlIn
the blink of an eye, the United States has rocked the once-sleepy natural gas market. Since the 1950s, American energy companies have drilled into massive formations of shale rock to get at the natural gas trapped beneath them, but historically these shale gas ventures required large cash investments to access a relatively unpopular fuel. In the last few years, however, shale gas has suddenly become much more profitable, thanks to three factors: The discovery of large reserves of this low-emissions fuel, tweaks to a process called hydraulic fracturing ("fracking" for short), and improvements in drilling that allow one well to access a reserve in multiple directions. The sudden surge in the supply of natural gas has driven prices down around the world and sparked countries throughout Asia and Europe to develop their own shale gas reserves.
While ExxonMobil and Chevron have dominated the oil industry, scrappier independent companies have pioneered the shale gas industry. In a world hungry for cheap, low-carbon fuel, the shale-drilling expertise of companies like Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and Range Fuels has become a hot commodity. Exxon, Shell, and ConocoPhillips have all tried to tap this expertise through mergers and buyouts. But as possible regulations loom in the United States, the American companies that pioneered the shale industry are exporting their controversial drilling techniques abroad.(continued)
By Amy Westervelt|Posted Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at 10:11 AM ET