Fracking and man-made earthquakes in NZ
If fracking and ‘deep well injection’ of the waste produced by fracking, is causing earthquakes in the US, are the same activities undertaken here causing earthquakes in New Zealand ?
24 separate fracking procedures went ahead at just one well pad in Taranaki between Jan and March of this year.
The oil and gas industry in New Zealand have aggressively adopted the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter subsurface tightsand rock and liberate oil and gas from within that rock. And just like in the US, this process results in tremendous amounts of chemical-laden wastewater, which is disposed of by pumping it under pressure, into deep wells.
The industry is so aggressive in NZ, they even fracked on Easter Friday, one of only two days in the year when business is expected to give way to family and religious rights.
It is great that the Herald reports on the dangers of fracking in America, but now, we need media to get stuck in at home and report on the dangerous situation right here. With more than 1200 oil and gas wells drilled in and around NZ, and hydraulic fracturing being used routinely throughout Taranaki with plans to expand, the risk to our communities must be made known to all and no longer swept under the national rug.