Inquiring minds can’t help but wonder if there has been some fracking going in in the Jay oil fields? Or maybe this is related to the deep-well injection just a short distance to the west, where the former Monsanto chemical plant (now called “Ascend”) injects hazardous waste into the Floridan aquifer every day (up to 4 million gpd). There’s also shallow well injection in the oil fields of Jay and Gulf Power is injecting right across the Escambia River as well. Oh yes, and don’t forget the two chemical plants in Pace/Pea Ridge that are also deep well injecting chemicals. I have wondered for years, what happens if all those toxic chemicals collide underneath us? Many are very volatile.
The one thing we know for sure is that our local governments don’t want to discuss any of this. Do they know that injecting hazardous waste into the aquifer was outlawed decades ago? Our chemical plants got “grand-fathered” in. Whatever that is supposed to mean.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-
JAY — An earthquake hit the small Santa Rosa County community of Jay on Wednesday.
Some residents of the area were reported to have felt the earthquake, which registered 2.6 on the Richter Scale, but the United States Geological Survey could not confirm those reports, according to a news release.
The quake was reported to have occurred at about 10:45 p.m. near Bray Mill Creek.
There is a Jay Fault buried deep under the ground in the area where the earthquake occurred, according to Sarah Shellabarger, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
“There have been reports of earthquakes in this area (Pensacola, Southern Alabama) in historical literature, but prior to the development of modern earthquake detection methods, it was impossible to tell exactly where the epicenter of an earthquake was,” Shellabarger said in an email response to questions about the tremor.