Geokinetics to perform seismic survey demonstration

Public display set for Wednesday night at Loudy-Simpson Park


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What: Geokinetics seismic survey demonstration.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 300 feet north of picnic area.

— The purpose of the demonstration is to address concerns of possible structural damage by seismic vibrators.

Geokinetics, a geophysical service company with an interest in the county, will host a seismic survey demonstration from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park. The display is open to the public.

On Aug. 16, Brent Jacobson, Geokinetics project manager for North America, asked permission from the Moffat County Commission to perform seismic survey demonstrations and host a question-and-answer session to address public concerns about potential structural damage to homes. The commission approved the request.

The demonstration will take place 300 feet north of the Loudy-Simpson Park picnic area.

Representatives from the company will bring a vibrating truck and a peak particle velocity monitor to measure ground disturbance from a variety of distances.

Also on hand will be Mark Burgus, a contractor from Mathe-

son Mining in Golden, who is a geoscientist and an expert in peak particle velocity monitoring.

Burgus said his four-man firm monitors any company in the business of shaking the ground.

“We monitor companies that perform a variety of activities,” Burgus said. “Blasting, oil and gas exploration, construction, pile driving … just anything that would shake the ground.”

Burgus said his role today is to help people understand what certain peak particle levels mean and what causes structural damage.

“If damage were to ever occur it would follow a natural progression,” Burgus said. “Plaster is the most fragile material, so a house with plaster would show cracks first, followed by sheet rock and then way down the list would be mortar damage or concrete damage.”

Burgus said he will also have reference materials to compare particle velocity readings caused by seismic vibrators with everyday occurrences such as slamming doors, stomping around the house, cold fronts, temperature, humidity and wind speed changes.

“Those all put forces on a house, also,” Burgus said. “We’re going to equate those types of things to a vibrator.”

Jacobson is confident the Geokinetics demonstration will ease public concerns.

“They’re loud and they’re noisy,” Jacobson said of the vibrators. “But, if you have three trucks and you stand 50 to 100 feet out, you can’t feel the vibrations.

“Most people who have come to our presentations leave saying, ‘Really? That’s it?’”

Jeff Comstock, Moffat County’s natural resources director, said the demonstration is a good idea.

“Concerns were originally raised by private land owners in regards to how these seismic vibrators would affect water wells and roads,” Comstock said. “I would encourage anyone with concerns to attend and ask questions.”

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onewhocares 5 years, 8 months ago

Fracking Safe? OHHHHH REALLY!!!!!1

What a coincidence that Cokedale, Colorado just had a 5.3 earthquake (one of a series in the last 24 hours) in the same area they have been "Fracking." (Just like what occurred in the South) Which one of you that agreed to this are going to say, there is no threat to the underground miners, the water supplies with methane gas, or the earth? WAKE UP and learn the consequences. There is always a cause and effect to everything and this is one perfect example.


onewhocares 5 years, 8 months ago

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onewhocares 5 years, 8 months ago

By the way, for those of you who don't understand what this all means, the relatively safe seismic testing that they are going to demonstrate this evening is not the real threat. The real threat is what and whom they are seismic testing for - Gulfstream (or Port) Energy and many others that follow up with the deep drilling with the use of extremely toxic chemicals (that also releases radium from the rocks that is extremely toxic) into our deep water supplies and into the air. This process called "Fracking" is now also responsible for the earthquake swarms in the South as well as Southern Colorado with a trail of contaminated wells and water sources and other hazards, due to the nearly non-existent oversight (surprise, surprise) beginning with Dick Cheney's (the same VP of the US Dick Cheney's Haliburton. (Yep, the greed started from the top in our gov't bringing in unimaginable profits to the owners and stockholders at the dire cost to the citizens of the US who they have learned sit idly by and do nothing. Imagine that?) This county is pre-dominantly Christian and Mormon (God-fearing folks) yet I have not seen or heard any of you, doing the right thing by #1) educating yourselves on this practice, and #2) finding the courage through your spirituality by using your voices and saying to the politicians or the gas companies "This is not right and we're not going to put up with this" and overlooking the blood money offered to you in exchange for the land that provides for you and saying "We are not sheep!" Where's your strength from your religions and your spirituality? Doesn't our environment deserve that much?


Rebelgirl 5 years, 8 months ago

Onewhocares its would be a typical christian thing to not educate one self. If it isn't in the bible or your "priest" didn't say it was bad or good in sunday service why bother to know about it. Religion has nothing to do with it in the long run as it really shouldn't have to do with how anything is done. Its general ignorance that is human kind. People don't care as long as they can fill up their $80,000, 5 mpg vehicle or heat their second, third or fourth homes. As long as there is money to be made and paid then whats wrong?? All we would have to do as a county is stand up and tell the oil compainies and their money to LEAVE. But untill the commisioners start acctually listening to the people as a whole and not just the good ol' boys it will remain unchanged. Then and only then will something be done. But as you mentioned until people wake up and realize what is going on nothing will be done and nature will be destroyed. Those who say that drilling for oil doesn't destroy the land need to pull their head out of the ground, how can they not do damage??? All of the spills that occur and are never reported, the chemicals that are released? Yeah reclamation of the area my hinny, the only thing they reclaim are the paycheck coming in. I don't blame the oil field workers they work their butts off but big oil needs to be controlled.


onewhocares 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for your comments Rebelgirl, I couldn't agree more.....NOW, here is ANOTHER scary coincidence.....Would you believe the 5.9 earthquake that just hit Mineral, Virginia is also in the throws of the Fracking controversy. It is appearing more and more, all these earthquakes are caused by MAN's greed for natural gas, and not GOD, (which terrifies me even more for our miners.) If this happens here, NO ONE can say they didn't see it coming.

You might want to take a look and decide if this is just a coincidence and not related to drilling or rather "fracking" just like the swarm of earthquakes in southern Colorado and Arkansas. You can't drill thousands of feet into the earth, putting things in and taking things out and not think there are consequences especially if a fault line is hit.


calvinhobbs 5 years, 8 months ago

Arkansas is not proven by the USGS to be fracking, it is also close to the New Madrid Sesmic zone. The Virginia earthquake of 2011 August 23 occurred as reverse faulting on a north or northeast-striking plane within a previously recognized seismic zone, the "Central Virginia Seismic Zone." The Central Virginia Seismic Zone has produced small and moderate earthquakes since at least the 18th century. The previous largest historical shock from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone occurred in 1875. The 1875 shock occurred before the invention of effective seismographs, but the felt area of the shock suggests that it had a magnitude of about 4.8. The 1875 earthquake shook bricks from chimneys, broke plaster and windows, and overturned furniture at several locations. A magnitude 4.5 earthquake on 2003, December 9, also produced minor damage. Trinidad- The shock of 23 August 2011 occurred as the result of normal faulting, at a shallow depth of focus. The preliminary location, depth, and style of faulting for the 2011 earthquake are very similar to the earthquakes in the previously-cited 2001 swarm. The 2001 swarm did not occur on a mapped geologic fault. The north or north-northeast strike of the causative faults of the largest 2001 and 2011 earthquakes are consistent with the east-west extension that has formed the Rio Grande rift to the west of the epicentral region. The Earth is in continuous motion, over 700 in the US this last week. And that is average. Instead of blogspot try the USGS


onewhocares 5 years, 8 months ago

  1. Arkansas Earthquakes Decline After 'Fracking' Injection Well Closures

  1. Lawuit Claims Arkansas Fracking Caused Earthquakes

  2. Fracking Well Shutdown Extended As Researchers Study Link To Earthquakes In Arkansas

  1. Fracking Operations Cause Thousands of Earthquakes in Arkansas

  1. Las Animas County among sites in EPA Fracking Study

Do I need to go on? You can only deny things for so long or stick your head in the sand before the truth bites you in the rear. (Trying to justify the profits reaped doesn't erase all the mounting evidence about the hazards of fracking. Where there's smoke, there is usually a fire.)


wellwell 5 years, 8 months ago

This article addresses the seismic survey demonstration that intends to inform residents of the process "thumping" machines and the process in collecting seismic wave information to evaluate captured gas and oil reserves. The article is nowhere near fracking. Let's attend, view, listen, feel and ask questions. Are the vibrations safe for structures, aquifers, drain pipes, animals, fish, and people? Are the vibration effects cumulative? What structures are being looked for? Can capture pressures of gas or oil be analyzed. Can density of differing layers be analyzed. Can permablity of materials be analyzed? Is the Geokinetics company aligned to only one company? What is the next step after the the survey? AND come out for refreshments!


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