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rjs
denizen of a rural NE Ohio swamp
unencumbered by education, affiliations, beliefs or agenda; im not advocating anything
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and just like with the Medicaid expansion, the red states are pushing back: Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee... http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/16/3427392/oklahoma-fee-solar-wind/
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well, maybe you otter explain that to the otters out here who aint figured it out yet...
yeah, i could die waiting for ohio to get warm...
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here you go, Zappa; two posts with major contributions from Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer of the Youngstown State Geology Dept establishing pretty clearly that these quakes were in fact caused by the nearby fracking: http://www.nofrackingway.us/2014/03/10/ohios-first-frackquake/ http://www.nofrackingway.us/2014/03/12/fracking-induced-seismic-events-frackquakes/
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check your google maps; fracked wells: Carbon Limestone Landfill, Lowellville first two earthquake locations: 41.017°N 80.537°W 41.009°N 80.532°W i make both quakes to be maybe a quarter mile away, certainly less than a half mile from the wells, at roughly the same depth as the Utica Shale
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http://geosurvey.ohiodnr.gov/earthquakes-ohioseis/maps-charts-stations/epicenters-map-page-size
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i'm familiar with the faults in the area, i wrote about them in the late 80s; there's the extension of the st lawrence valley rift that cuts along the erie shoreline from niagra to east of cleveland then inland to Anna Ohio, and there's the akron magnetic lineament, which is a SSW trending quake zone from western Astabula to eastern Summit County...Mahoning County, however, had no quakes of record before the injection well quakes of Christmas & New Years eve of 2011... i agree my assertations are all based on circumstantial evidence...but that's all we have to go on right now... here's a map
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here's the specs on the first quake: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:aNBPvFyG5s0J:earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000n691+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us#summary 2nd quake linked below..there were 5 quakes over 2 days in that location..
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my source links below show that this weeks earthquakes were at a depth of 2 km to 2.5 km, exactly the same depth as the utica shale in that part of the state, and almost directly below the Hilcorp Energy well pad in the Carbon Limestone Landfill, where they had fracked 7 wells...ODNR has already said there werent injection wells nearby and they should know; they collect tipping fees on them...
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by the way, just last week, the USGS definitively connected the 5.7 and smaller earthquakes of November 2011 in Oklahoma to injection well disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/11/energy-earthquake-oklahoma-idUSL2N0M80SP20140311
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i lived through that earthquake on January 31, 1986, which shut down the nearby Perry nuclear plant, & also cracked my chimney, costing me over $2000 in repairs... here's the abstracts of two papers from the journal Geology connecting that 1986 quake to nearby brine injection wells, from conventional gas drilling: http://geology.geoscienceworld.org/content/16/8/739.abstract http://bssa.geoscienceworld.org/content/78/1/188.abstract
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Chinese retail sales spending, released at the same time, was 11.8% above a year earlier for the 2 month reporting period in question... that also disappointed Western analysts...
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2014 on Links for 3-14-14 at Economist's View
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Mian and Sufi are the authors of the China and the Danger of Debt article linked here. theymisstated that industrial productionwas at a 5 year low, rather than the growth rate of it at a 5 year low... sorry for not being clearer...
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2014 on Links for 3-14-14 at Economist's View
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Mian & Sufi open with: "News this morning shows that industrial output in China reached a 5-year low." while the article they link to says "Industrial output, which measures production at factories, workshops and mines, rose 8.6 percent in January and February year-on-year", which is an altogether different story...
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2014 on Links for 3-14-14 at Economist's View
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sources: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60034308#summary http://geosurvey.ohiodnr.gov/portals/geosurvey/Energy/Utica/UticaShale_WellPrototype_diagram.pdf
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it's almost implausible that anything other than the fracking operation caused those quakes in Mahoning County, an area which hadnt seen seismologic activity before fracking related activities started there...furthermore, the quakes were at a depth of 2 km to 2.5 km, exactly the same depth as the utica shale in eastern ohio; that depth is not normal for earthquakes - if you check current earthquakes at USGS at any time, you'll see the record shows most (except in drilling areas of oklahoma) are at a depth of 10 to 100 km, with some deeper ( http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/ ) these facts were known to the ODNR when they halted fracking operations within 12 hours after the 2nd quake...it'll be interesting to see how they untangle themselves and the industry they represent from this dilemma...
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as i pointed out in links, absence of this metric will make GDP estimates even more inexact...we cant figure real imports and exports without their prices...i'm quite surprised there isnt more outrage...
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on 'Death of a Statistic' at Economist's View
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without hard data on export and import prices, the BEA will have to rely on estimates when computing real GDP...
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Links for 2-28-14 at Economist's View
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speaking of the Sierra Club, from my inbox: Join the Ohio Sierra Club for a Webinar on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Wednesday Feb 26, 6 pm EST To view slides: https://join.me/SierraClubTPP What is the TPP? The TPP is a massive trade deal that has been referred to as the "citizens united of international law." It has been negotiated in extreme secrecy, gives unfettered rights to corporations, and will guarantee an explosion of fracking in the United States. For more information about our Responsible Trade Program, go to http://sierraclub.org/trade
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what's that mean, 6 more weeks of winter?
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2014 on Picture of the day at Environmental Economics
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i gather the first paragraph was the canned response to any constituent mail mentioning the parks, and the rest was standard boilerplate that's added to each letter that goes out... you could have written anything and still got that same response...have one of your students test that...
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yes, thats pretty obvious if youre at all familiar with where its being done...others, such as jim hamilton, must have certainly noticed it as well..
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or, at a minimum, we should at least see to it that all dirt-poor farm kids are born on an oil field...
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seems like everyone missed that one major factor keeping upward mobility stable in recent year has been the resource extraction boom…the most upwardly mobile areas on this map area all areas where new oil & gas fields are being developed: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/in-climbing-income-ladder-location-matters.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&#map-search Williston NDakota, with a 33.1% chance of reaching the top quintile from the bottom, is the heart of the Bakken; northeast Utah , with a 27.3% chance, is heavy oil & gas & pipelines; western Texas is the recently exploited Permain Basin; the Gillette Wyoming area is the heart of western coal and gas, while families in central PA and central west virginia benefited from the heavy fracking of the Marcellus..
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you sure made it tough for him to get in his car door, so that'll teach him...
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2014 on Excellent parking at Environmental Economics
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