ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Kansas earthquake today 2015 has increased the debate about fracking. In fact, not one but four Kansas earthquakes have stuck overnight today January 27, 2015. Damage assessment is pending.
Kansas earthquakes today continue after a rash of quakes all week long. They are holding the same epicenter, always about 10 km northwest of Caldwell, Kansas. Overnight, there were four quakes around a 3.0 magnitude striking Caldwell, Kansas again. USGS indicates to news that they were about four miles west of Caldwell, thirty-four miles west of Arkansas City, and thirty-seven miles southwest of Haysville. The quakes were about 38 miles west of Winfield as well.
Rick Miller, geophysicist and senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, told local news his thoughts about fracking this month. Fracking, or hydrauling fracturing uses saltwater to break rock layers below ground. The result is the release of oil and gas, as Fox News explains. What is Miller’s opinion? He told the Lawrence Journal-World “we can say there is a strong correlation between the disposal of saltwater and the earthquakes.” Rex Buchanan, director of the Kansas Geological Survey, in turn told the Journal World newspaper “There are millions of dollars in property damages happening, and we have our scientists playing word games.”