18/03/12 OIL DRILLING AND HAITI’S EARTHQUAKE

ARTICLE:OIL DRILLING AND HAITI’S EARTHQUAKE

Scientists find oil by using geophysical techniques such as seismic reflection (bouncing sound waves off the various layers of the earth followed by drilling for the oil.  Drill holes can plunge down to depths of six miles.  Oil drilling in Haiti was done at depths of nearly two miles.
A New York Times report confirmed oil drilling sets off earthquakes and showed how oil drilling projects near San Francisco, USA, and Switzerland were shut down amid concerns they triggered damaging earthquakes.  In both instances, the drilling for oil involved the fracturing of hard rocks more than two miles deep.

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