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  1. Could Fracking Be Behind the Rising Numbers of Earthquakes? 

    Between 2010 and 2013, there were nearly 450 earthquakes of 3.0 or higher magnitude in the region at the center of the “fracking boom.” Ohio is now investigating whether quakes in the central and eastern U.S. are actually being caused by hydraulic fracturing, which breaks shale rock thousands of feet below the earth in order to acquire oil and gas. Evidence suggests that quakes can be caused by the deep wells that dispose of fracking’s wastewater. Fracking companies continue to defend their practices, but it may be time for them to call a giant drill rig a spade.   

    Sources: Time, NYT 

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