Fracking Study Shows California Dangers, Finds Richard Meehan Consulting Press Release January 14, 2013, Business Wire
During 2012, Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) released a series of technical studies which purported to demonstrate that their oil recovery operations, including “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing), in the Los Angeles Inglewood oil field, have no known adverse effect on the public. But studies by Stanford University civil engineer Richard L. Meehan conclude that this is not true. Meehan has found that the activities in the Inglewood oilfield have resulted in reactivation of geologic faulting, affecting residential property and two elementary schools.
Ground Rupture in the Baldwin Hills: Fracking 2012 13:33 Min. by Dick Meehan, December 15, 2012
During 2012 Plains Exploration and Production Company released a series of technical studies which purported to demonstrate that the companies’ oil recovery operations in Los Angeles including fracking have no adverse effect on the public. The case is made here that this is not true. The oilfield activities in Los Angeles Inglewood oilfield have in fact resulted in activation of geologic faulting affecting residential property and two elementary schools. This 14 minute video presents the evidence for oilfield causation of surface and property damage in an urban setting. It also demonstrates that hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon recovery per se can be hazardous in relatively shallow geologic environments such as are common in California, and that conclusions reached on the basis of deep shale experience elsewhere are not universally valid.