Blame it on the Oilfield


There was a 3.4 earthquake in my old hometown in Colorado a couple days ago. Earthquakes are rare there, but not completely unheard of.  To my knowledge there was no injuries and no damage.  Most people that felt it didn’t even know what it was, and it was over before they new what happened. My own family was home at the time and felt it, but blamed it on the cat and went around the house trying to figure out what she had knocked over that caused the house to shake.  The last earthquake I’m aware of in that area was back in the 1980s, so it’s not a common occurrence, but it does happen.

Well, guess who’s taking the blame for the recent earthquake? Nope, not Mother Nature. The Oilfield. That’s right, the media is blaming the earthquake on the fracking that goes on that area.  Whenever something bad happens, man gets blamed – and more specifically the Oil Man.  I mean, it’s pretty ridiculous that they’ve gone so far as to blame an earthquake on the oilfield.  How can you blame a natural disaster on anything besides…well….. NATURE?!  But yet, people believe it! The public loves to have a scapegoat. And all the bunny-huggers and environmental activists love it when the scapegoat is Big Oil. Don’t get me wrong – I’m pro-nature. I’m all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  It makes me sad to see the pictures of animals covered in oil from an oil spill…but amazingly enough, you never see pictures from the natural oil spills. That’s right – it is a naturally occurring event. In the ocean, oil spews  from the eaarth into the water everyday. Look it up, it’s true.  But we don’t hear about that, and the media doesn’t report it.  It’s easier to blame oil companies.  For everything.  I personally  think it’s a good idea to find alternative sources of energy, but I’m not dumb enough to think that anything will be able to replace oil.  If all the complainers, pro-testers, and anti-oil idiots had to go without any oil-based products, they wouldn’t last one day.  I’d like to see them try to make plastic out of wind.

People are so misinformed. They like to make comments about how the OF doesn’t pay taxes. The truth is, the higher the price per barrel of oil goes, the less the oil companies themselves make in profit because they are taxed so highly. And as far the environment goes, there are rules and regulations specifying what can and can’t be done.  No OF Company is out there tearing up the earth and leaving behind destruction.  Other than an occasional accident or oil spill, the oil field is not harming or hurting nature at all, anywhere.  More trees and animals are being harmed by regular living,  by people’s homes moving onto their territory than by the OF.  More wild animals are losing their homes from farmland and open space being turned into suburban house plantations than by the OF. But nobody wants to hear that.  That’s probably where most of the oil protesters live –  in those side by side cookie cutter houses….complete with oil products of laminate flooring, plastic based carpet, A/C, vinyl siding, and a gas guzzling mini-van out in the garage.  But surely they aren’t responsible for harming the environment.  It must be the evil overlord known as “The Oilfield”, and their mysterious and harmful procedure known as “fracking” that no one knows anything about, but yet wants to blame everything on. Pollution, taxes, and destruction of nature have already been blamed on the OF….so why not start adding natural disasters as well?

This just in – the Oilfield is now to blame for all earthquakes – – and let’s go ahead and throw in hurricanes, too, because…why not? It makes a good story.

I’m tired of having a negative reputation attached to the Oilfield.  I’m proud to be a part of the oilfield –  a business that provides so many jobs and products that everyone uses daily. That’s what we should be blaming on the Oilfield, careers and  economic growth – NOT earthquakes.


About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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