the earth does not want to be saved

I find it ironic that recent research has found that fracking in and of itself produces virtually no risk of earthquakes.  Carbon sequestration, on the other hand, is very likely to generate earthquakes, partly given that the easiest formations to find and inject CO2 into are the most likely to produce large earthquakes.  It’s almost as if the earth itself is telling us to continue fracking and forget carbon sequestration…

The real issue, of course, is that injecting large quantities of water is likely to cause earthquakes in any formation.  This means that the common fracking procedure of wastewater disposal via injection back into the original formation is also risky.  But steam appears to be A-OK.  Bring it on, fracking…

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