Somebody Had To Be First...

Posted Friday, May 25, 2012, at 9:34 PM
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  • Very interesting, thanks for the information.

    -- Posted by Keda46 on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 8:01 PM

    Brian this is the Honolulu Star Advertiser. I arrived on Oahu yesterday and am flying Hawaiian Airlines to Hilo on Tuesday and heading to Volcano Village and the National Park. I have been waiting for years for significant seismic activity on this volcano.

    I know a little about this stuff.

    Read the first story about the > 100 earthquakes over the last 3 days.

    -- Posted by wmarsh on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 12:24 PM
  • Listen Brian - You are a farmer and you make fun of "City Slickers". The media could kill all fertilizer and shut down the farming industry because of the dangers imposed to the environment by fertilizer.

    CO2 is deemed a deadly gas - so the media could come out with a "stop all CO2" which they almost have. Did you know that without CO2 photosynthesis does not work?

    I have read all the articles that injection water can lubricate faults and cause earthquakes. Yet when attempted with the goal being to cause smallish magnitude quakes the results have always been met with failure.

    I believe you believe humans can cause earthquakes. I do not. It is not repeatable. When one does the mass balance the numbers do not add up. An earthquake release 1000 - 10,000 x more force than injection wells can contribute. If this were not true why has oil and gas production being going on for greater than 150 years and injection well been in operation for just as long?

    Why is it that now - with America on the verge of energy independence and a Democrat that was pushing for change and Solar now disappearing that Democrats are claiming that injection cause earthquakes?

    Seems political to me.

    -- Posted by wmarsh on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 11:31 AM
  • email me the article at


    -- Posted by wmarsh on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 11:35 AM
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    Well Wallis, to start with, I am not a farmer. I've never been a farmer, though my place is surrounded by farm country and in fact at one time was part of a farm. The fun I make of city folk is pointing the finger squarely at myself because I'm the guy from the city. We bought an old farmstead in this area after I retired as a senior engineer with AT&T/Avaya in Denver. As a matter of fact, we looked for 5 years trying to find a great place to live and here we are. We didn't know a soul when we got here, but we know a few folks now.

    I'm afraid you missed my point when I questioned injection well safety. When you stated injection wells have never caused a problem, I happened to be personally aware of an example of that not being the case. Though I agree injection wells have very little potential for causing earthquakes, under the right circumstances, it appears to be a fact.

    I was trying to avoid any political aspect in this discussion, because it has absolutely no bearing on my argument. I admit I made a mistake by bringing it up on a liberal blog, but it doesn't change my argument one bit.

    I've emailed you the SPE report.

    BTW - I'm fascinated that test injection wells have been drilled with the specific purpose of trying to induce seismic activity.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 7:42 PM
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