Letters to the Editor

Fracking earthquakes

Letter writer David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, claimed that fracking has been practiced safely for decades.

What he doesn’t say is that nationwide, the volume of water pumped into disposal wells associated with fracking has increased exponentially in the last decade and, according to most scientists, is causing manmade earthquakes.

Prior to 2008, the state of Oklahoma experienced an average of fewer than two earthquakes a year with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater; now the average is two large earthquakes a day, and the only difference is the billions of barrels of water pumped into disposal wells.

The evidence is overwhelming that the petroleum industry’s practices in Oklahoma aren’t safe.

Since our science-skeptical leaders aren’t going to safely regulate the petroleum industry, we need the Miami Herald to protect us by keeping science on its front page and shaming legislators into doing what’s best for all Floridians, not just what’s best for those who pay for campaigns.

Mike Pryslak, Miami