Why is fracking still legal?
This is an article I read on Miyanville yesterday: http://www.minyanville.com/businessmarkets/articles/earthquake-natural-gas-Rocky-Mountain-Arsenal/11/9/2011/id/37856?page=1
For the too lazy to click the link/TLDR crowd it sums up as thus: The United States Army and The US Geological Survey determined back in 1966 that deep injection wells, exactly like what is used in fracking, were causing "significant seismic events" aka earthquakes.
Up to two years ago Oklahoma had about 50 earthquakes a year. In 2010 they had 1,047 earthquakes. There are 181 injection wells in Lincoln County where most of the seismic activity from last weekend, including a 5.6 earthquake were centered.
So if fracking not only pollutes ground water, which I totally tend to believe, but is known by the US government to cause natural disasters why is it still legal? I also got to thinking about possible legal reprecussions against energy companies using this process. Like if a sizable earthquake was centered near deep injection well sites would it be possible to sue the energy company for any property damage and/or bodily harm/loss of life that might result from that earthquake? I then got to thinking would it really take people dying from something like this to get politicians to question whether or not fracking was a good idea? the answer I sadly came up with was probably.
I get that natural gas companies provide jobs and in these tough economic times having a job, any job, is awesome. However, if those jobs are potentially causing significant damage to the surrounding local community are they jobs that are worth having?