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  • Gary Sanders

    Could the earthquakes be related to the 130 year extraction of millions of barrels of oil from the caverns that the oil ocupied? Imagine these huge caverns where the oil once was and now that it’s gone what happens? The caverns start to collapse over time and each collapse cause damage to the next cavern which then starts to collapse, etc, etc.
    I suggest that your top Geologist study the history of each well and compare the data to the quakes and see if there is any corrolation?

  • alfred james

    Mr.Sanders: what you state is myth, not science. There are no caverns. Oil occurs in rocks with porosity, something like a very hard sponge. We geologists routinely, carefully study and correlate data from all wells drilled. . With deep rocks, into which pressuring and lubricating existing faults is caused by current historically huge water disposal by oil companies, inevitable results will be increases in volume and severity of earthquakes in that area. Those who depend on myth and politics instead of science will always lose. State regulatory agencies have the duty to prevent major damage. It is working in Kansas resulting in dramatic reduction of quakes last year. In Oklahoma some oil companies are refusing to obey which I consider possibly criminal in the event of a major earthquake. Be informed and be proactive. Alfred James, petroleum geologist