A fresh bevy of small earthquakes — 32 so far — north of Fort Worth has rattled area residents over the past two months. They’ve been jamming town meetings to complain about cracks in buildings and sink holes in yards that appeared following the quakes. See a video about how gas injection wells destablize the ground.
Earthquakes often spin off tremors as they realign rock deep beneath the surface. Now get ready to tremble, because a new study shows that areas susceptible to earthquakes include your friendly neighborhood fracked region, which shakes when big earthquakes hit halfway around the globe.
In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking (or “fracking”) operations are poisoning animals through the air, water, or soil.