Obviously correlation and causation are different things we must consider, but we’re seeing this conversation an awful lot in recent years. The question becomes one of risk-reward: how much risk are we willing to assume in the pursuit of energy resources given our long term rewards (keeping in mind, the ability to continue relying on fossil fuels is not a reward), and at what point do we establish the line in the sand to force reconsideration?
“Reports of earthquakes in Kansas have shot up recently, particularly in the state’s south-central region. Now, scientists are connecting them to the disposal of wastewater that is a byproduct of the oil-and-gas extraction process. Rick Miller, geophysicist and senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, told the Lawrence Journal-World, ‘we can say there is a strong correlation between the disposal of saltwater and the earthquakes.'” Political tremors: Kansas officials link earthquakes to fracking-related process, FoxNews.com