According to reports from the media, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey have scientifically linked hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to the recent rise in Midwest earthquakes. But the lead author of the study, Bill Ellsworth, went on live TV last week and announced the study does not support that claim, and that the media is misinforming the public about the study.
If you don’t have time to watch the interview, Ellsworth states that the only established link with earthquake activity is with the disposal of the leftover waste water after the natural gas is released, which is likely where the misunderstanding could have occurred. However, this link has been known for decades, and in most cases is not a problem, and in the few that are, are easily accommodated with straightforward solutions.
Ellsworth’s effort to clarify the epidemic spread of misinformation is heartening, although likely not to be too effective with a liberally-biased media. But if nothing else, reveals which of our political leaders are susceptible to being misled.