In defense of the natural gas industry, Dr. Frohlich has attempted to whitewash the issue by claiming that it really isn’t a big deal. Even though some folks in the affected areas are reporting damage to their homes, Dr. Frohlich believes the earthquakes aren’t really much of a concern.
“It’s not entirely clear to me that you need to stop [the quakes],” he stated, likening the relatively minor rumbles to a common thunderstorm. “It’s actually kind of fun,” he added about the shaking movements.
To simplify the mechanics behind this phenomenon, Dr. Frohlich compares it to an air hockey table. When the air is off, the puck won’t move even when pushed — this is how the ground under Texas normally is without drilling. When this air is on, however, the puck moves freely, which is similar to how fracking waste water loosens fault lines.
“It wants to move but it can’t,” said Dr. Frohlich. “Until you pump fluids in there and it slips.”
TAP – Great name for such a useless tool of the corporations – Dr Frollick!