Quakes Push Arkansas to Limit Gas-Waste Wells

Quakes Push Arkansas to Limit Gas-Waste Wells by Ben Casselman, The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2011
But it highlights how water issues—including the disposal of waste tied to the controversial hydraulic fracturing process—have emerged as a major challenge for the oil and gas industry across the U.S….” They just became very, very intense and very frequent all of a sudden,” said Sam Lane, a 28-year-old Greenbrier resident who says the quakes cracked bricks and drywall in his home. “We got to the point where we took all the big mirrors and pictures off the walls.” Mr. Laneis one of several residents suing the companies that operate the disposal wells. The companies dispute his claims. Geologists have long known that injecting liquid into the ground can induce earthquakes along existing fault lines.

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