It seems a process called "Fracking" is suspected of causing a spate of earthquakes in the North Texas area. Fracking is a process used in gas well drilling, in which they inject a mixture of sludge and water into the gas holding shale to break up the rock and force the gas to the surface. Sounds environmentally friendly doesn't it? This region of Texas is known to be extremely geologically stable, and has not experienced any siesmic activity for literally hundreds of years. As of the recent economic downturn, gas drilling has been drastically ramped up in this area. The Fracking process is now suspected of destabilizing the region's supporting layer of shale.
This sounds an awful lot like the doom and gloom predictions from ten years ago concerning this process creating large cavernous regions with an explosive mix of leftover gas and chemicals, all waiting to explode and cause massive subsidence.
Who knows what the real cause is? It is very suspicious that these earthquakes are occuring shortly after a massive influx of new drilling. It is literally unheard of for this region to have earthquakes of any type. Twenty years ago, the Superconducting Supercollider was to be built here for this very reason; it's inherent geological stability.
You can read more about it here.
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