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Fracking Does Not Cause Earthquakes [AUDIO]

Fracking in the Bakken
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A documentary called ‘Boom Behind the Bakken’ aired Thursday night on Montana PBS, and in the film some in the oil patch area fear that the process known as ‘fracking‘, may lead to earthquakes in the future.

Mike Stickney is the earthquake Studies Director at the Montana School of Mines in Butte. Stickney says that topic came up at a recent conference he attended in San Diego, California. Scientific studies report that there is no danger of earthquakes due to ‘fracking’, however, he did say that the deep injection wells that dispose of the fracking fluids can cause mild earthquakes in rare instances. Stickney says the few quakes that have been tied to these deep injection wells were very minor, with no damage reported. Comments from Dr. Stickney are below, and tell the entire story.

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