Did Windmills Cause the Delaware Earthquake?

Delaware Earthquake

Did windmills cause the 4.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Delaware this Thursday, November 30, 2017? Dagum, I hope so. I want all those windmills torn down.

The Delaware Online characterized the seismic event as unusual in an article entitled ‘This is wild,’ USGS says of Dover 4.1 earthquake:

A geophysicist, Cheng Shengzao, with the USGS, said the East Coast quake was surprising.

“This is wild. It’s not often that this happens,” Shengzao said.

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit just east of Dover in 1879, according to the Delaware Geological Survey.

Gee, earthquakes don’t happen often in Delaware. Can we blame fracking? No. Due to a slump in oil price, the Marcellus Shale Gas Formation has seen a steep decline in fracking activity. But the windmill construction boom continues unabated.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, Delaware only has one windmill farm, the University of Delaware Wind Facility in Sussex county. It’s a small one, which makes sense because Delaware is a small state. Since its rated capacity is 2 Megawatts, I doubt it could transmit enough wind energy to the tectonic plate below to move it.

But remember that the prevailing wind on our continent blows from the west. So if we look to the west from Delaware, we see a swath of windmill farms extending from College Station, Pennsylvania to Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

The cluster of 28 wind energy farms operating from atop the Allegheny Mountains sit in a line perpendicular to the west wind. Together they act like a giant sail that pushes the land like a boat down wind. Then to the east, in Delaware, an earthquake occurred as plate ground against the next, stirred up by the windmills.

Is any of this true? I don’t know. It hardly matters. Think about all the poor World War II veterans in Delaware who’s lives may be negatively impacted because of greedy windmill tycoons. Based on that emotion call your legislator and ask him to ban windmills.

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