Human beings have become so incredibly powerful. A 600% increase in 3.0-or-greater magnitude earthquakes in middle America with no known natural explanation for it – the USGS describes the earthquakes as “almost certainly manmade.” The probable cause is fracking.
“If you are doing deep well injection, you are altering the stress on the underlying rocks and at some point, the stress will be relieved by generating an earthquake,” seismologist Dave Wolny explained back in 2007. “The events are generally small, but there is no way to predict how the injection process has altered stresses on the fault system in the area, and thus, no way to predict how large the events may get.”
Supposedly New York state’s governor is due to announce whether he will lift New York’s fracking ban soon. It has been generally presumed that he will, except in the Catskills, which provides water to New York City and thus, unlike the rest of the state, has to be protected.