Quakes To Shake Out Oil

Those last few thousand barrels of oil can be a real bitch to extract from their underground resting places. Some scientists are suggesting using explosives to mimic the effects of earthquakes, which increase the permeability of the oil-bearing rock. It looks good on paper, but couldn’t mimicking earthquakes potentially start one off? Now there’s a Michael Crichton story scenario…oh no, hang on, he’s pro-petroleum, isn’t he?