Columnist Marita Noon ignores deleterious
effects of fracking
The op-ed in the Oct. 23 edition of The Los Alamos Monitor by oil-gas lobbyist Marita Noon reviews the evidence for the association between “fracking” and the increase in the number and magnitude of Oklahoma earthquakes. Her point, based on reports by Stanford geologist Mark Zoback and others, is the assignment of blame for the increase in earthquakes to the increase in “produced” water injection into conventional wells, not to water injection associated with the newer, rapidly proliferating fracking wells, thereby implying that fracking is OK.
However, fracking also results in “produced” water, so whether the water being reinjected into the ground comes from fracking wells or oil recovery wells, Oklahoma earthquakes will continue to increase in number and magnitude if the volume of produced water injected into oil wells continues to increase.