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Old October 12 2012, 09:58 PM   #221
Location: Kentucky
Re: Envisioning the world of 2100

I live in a house full of geologists, and none of them can come up with a minor consequence, much less a major one, because it just consists of pumping water, brine, sand, and other cheap stuff into rock strata that's already filled with water, brine, sand, and toxic sludge (aka oil and gas deposits) to fracture deep rock layers that already frequently fracture due to geologic forces. Most reserves are still found because the oil and gas is already leaking all the way to the surface through existing fractures.

Some worry about natural gas leaking into water wells, but water wells are so full of natural gas that well drillers have always treated them as natural gas hazards and cisterns have always been vented to prevent explosions.
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