Tiny earthquakes, called Frackings, can happen anywhere. We found this article describing that 1,000 minor earthquakes happened in Arkansas between 2010 and 2011. Regardless of the size of earthquake you should be concerned about the damage that they can cause to your home. We hope this article will help protect you and your home in the future.
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From the article:
Seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey say the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater flowback as part of the fracking process can create “micro earthquakes,” which are rarely felt, and also the rare larger seismic disruption. Scientists say that’s what happened in Greenbrier, Arkansas, where the quakes damaged homes.
Yesterday, five local residents settled for an undisclosed sum of money after suing two oil companies. Those five residents aren’t the only ones suing Chesapeake Energy and BHP Billiton. Twenty other residents are expecting to file lawsuits in Arkansas state court, according to Reuters.
Some 40 fracking-related civil lawsuits in eight different states have been filed since 2009, with claims varying from groundwater contamination to air pollution to excessive noise. None have gone to trial so far, and nearly half have been either dismissed or settled. Similar suits are still pending against the two oil companies, but lawyers on those cases tell Reuters those are also expected to reach settlements.
Mary Mahan points to a crack in the floor tile of her home that was a result of an earthquake in Wooster, Arkansas, August 5, 2013. The Mahan’s home sustained damage after an earthquake in February 2011. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
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Read the entire article here: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/08/see-what-1000-fracking-caused-earthquakes-can-do-home/6712/