Why is Clintonville, Wisconsin City Administrator Lisa Kuss maintaining that the loud, house-shaking booms her city has been experiencing for the past ten days are earthquakes, despite the myriad evidence against her? Maybe it's because there is controversial, and dangerous underground fracking projects going on, and they don't want anyone to know it.
It's just a theory, but, given Democratic Rep. Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Rob Portman's Â conspiring to quash a damaging EPA report this February that blamed fracking for putting chemicals in the drinking water of a small Wyoming town, anything is possible.
Kuss' refusal to acknowledge anything other than earthquakes as being the cause of the loud booms being heard (and felt) in Clintonville has online conspiracy theorists blaming everything from government-constructed underground bunkers to aliens.
The Clintonville police department started receiving calls about the booms, which residents say sound like fireworks or thunder, on March 18; but resident Al Miller began hearing the sounds weeks before that, although not as loud as they became on March 18.
"My house shook and it was just like a shock," he said. "I got out of bed and was like `Wow.' I thought one of my trees fell onto the house."
Adding to the mystery, on March 22, police in the town of Montello, Wisconsin, which is 80 miles away from Clintonville, received calls about the same loud, shaking booms. Although the U.S. Geological Survey said last week that a 1.5 earthquake had struck the Clintonville area, officials from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Co said no seismic activity was recorded last night.