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John Barrett

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KSJeffersonian (John Barrett) says...

I live in Sedgwick County, not that far from the deep injection wells that have been linked to earthquakes in Sumner and Harper Counties. Although I cannot prove it with the certainty necessary to pursue a legal claim, a house I own has suffered damage from these earthquakes -- the basement wall under the garage started to collapse shortly after the earthquakes started. As a result, I have looked into it rather extensively. I might note that even before earthquakes started to affect this area, I had done some research on the topic, as I have represented landowners in negotiating leases for oil exploration. Knowing that environmentalists had linked earthquakes to fracking in Oklahoma, I felt an obligation to my clients to advise them of potentially adverse consequences of leasing their property.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the area does not cause earthquakes. Oil wells in northern Oklahoma and south central Kansas are around 5,000 feet deep. Deep injection wells for the disposal of fracking fluid are 10,000 feet or deeper. Earthquakes in the area occur at the depths of the deep injection wells, not at the depths at which fracking is done. Elsewhere in Oklahoma, the specific depths vary, but the earthquakes are occurring at the depths of the deep injection wells, not at the depths of the fracking. Further, where the State of Oklahoma has limited the disposal of fluid in the deep injection wells, earthquakes have been reduced or eliminated.

On the other hand, Occidental Chemical and its predecessors Vulcan Chemical and Frontier Chemical have had deep injection wells west of the town in which I was raised for more than 50 years that I am aware of, without incident. The underground formations in that area do not have faults that are affected by deep injection.

It appears the reason these deep injection wells cause earthquakes is the waste fracking fluid lubricating existing faults, many of which are not mapped, allowing them to slip centuries or even millennia before they would have had enough tension to slip naturally.

I do not pretend to know the depths of any fault lines in Douglas county. Eight hundred twenty feet seems quite shallow, but this would appear to be the real question.

KSJeffersonian (John Barrett) says...

New information. Thanks to a video recording, we now know that he responded reasonably to an attack. My guess is that some feminists will still insist that he should have been punished. Imagine what would have happened to him without the video. Imagine this happening to you with no video. You wind up with a criminal record that follows you for life.

KSJeffersonian (John Barrett) says...

He was originally booked on a DV charge. In America today, all it takes for the police to arrest a man, is for a woman to make an allegation of violence.

I have been an attorney for over 32 years. I was a prosecutor in Wichita when it implemented its domestic violence program. I sat as a pro tem judge for Wichita for 8 years and was the prosecutor for the small town in which I live for another 5 years. I have defended a number of people, both male and female, charged with domestic violence. It is common that the facts turn out to be quite different than originally presented, and different than those on which the arrest was made.

I have no idea what happened, and neither do you. Bragg may be as guilty as sin, or he may be innocent. He may have hit and/or shoved her, or she may have become so angry that she was not paying attention and fell down a flight of stairs with no help from him. If he hit and/or shoved her, it may be that he just became angry, or it may have been a reaction, almost a reflex, because she hit him (That would not make him not guilty, since a person may only use that level of force reasonably necessary to repel an unlawful attack, but it would mitigate the act for punishment purposes.) We just don't know.

Before making any judgment, wait for the facts.

KSJeffersonian (John Barrett) says...

Like it or not, fewer people will pay to see women play basketball, than pay to see men play basketball. In fact, as bad as the KU football program is, football and men's basketball are really the only revenue producing sports for not just KU, but virtually every FBS university. These 2 sports are expected to support the entire athletic department.

When I was a student at KU, we were assessed a fee to pay for non-revenue producing sports -- football and men's basketball produced enough revenue to pay for every sport, except women's basketball. After graduation, when I still lived in Lawrence, Volume Shoe (Payless Shoe Source) sponsored the Women's basketball games, so admission was free. They still could not fill Allen Fieldhouse.

When women's basketball has the appeal of men's basketball, so it is a revenue producing sport, rather than a drain on the athletic department budget, I am sure they will have "such lavish facilities."

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