GEOLOGY NEWS, West Texas Permian Basin: MORDOR is SINKING

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 22 March 2018


West Texas Permian Basin


Radar images show large swath of Texas oil patch is heaving and sinking at alarming rates,
Southern Methodist University, March 21, 2018.

"Two giant sinkholes near Wink, Texas, may just be the tip of the iceberg."

"...various locations in large portions of four Texas counties are also sinking and uplifting."

"Radar satellite images show significant movement of the ground across a 4000-square-mile area -- in one place as much as 40 inches over the past two-and-a-half years, say the geophysicists."

"The ground movement we're seeing is not normal."

"These hazards represent a danger to residents, roads, railroads, levees, dams, and oil and gas pipelines, as well as potential pollution of ground water."

"...the area's unstable ground is associated with decades of oil activity and its effect on rocks below the surface of the earth."

"This region of Texas has been punctured like a pin cushion with oil wells and injection wells since the 1940s and our findings associate that activity with ground movement."

"...found a significant relationship between ground movement and oil activities that include pressurized fluid injection into the region's geologically unstable rock formations."

"...found that ground movement coincided with nearby sequences of wastewater injection rates and volume and CO2 injection in nearby wells."

"...the most significant subsidence is about a half-mile east of the huge Wink No. 2 sinkhole, where there are two subsidence bowls, one of which has sunk more than 15.5 inches a year. The rapid sinking is most likely caused by water leaking through abandoned wells into the Salado formation and dissolving salt layers, threatening possible ground collapse."


We've been told by corporate  geologists for decades that injecting highly toxic wasteproducts and wastewater into old oil wells is safe, and would not be able to enter groundwater or local water tables. Apparently they were wrong, judging from the research above, supported by more, cited below.



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