Natural gas fracking caused an earthquake in England. And a spate of quakes in Oklahoma. And while the idea that fracking for natural gas causes earthquakes has been floating around, these quakes offer stronger proof that fracking seriously messes with the environment.
And while these quakes, peaking in intensity around the high 2s on the Richter scale, haven't caused notable damage, Climate Progress' Joe Romm makes a good point: Would we tolerate this sort of impact from any other sort of industry? Would we tolerate it from a renewable energy industry? The answer there is no: Quake concerns are squelching geothermal projects, while natural gas gets to keep on keeping on.