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Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related?

Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Two new papers tie a recent increase in significant earthquakes to reinjection of wastewater fluids from unconventional oil and gas drilling. The first study notes “significant earthquakes are increasingly occurring within the United States midcontinent.” In the specific case of Oklahoma, a Magnitude “5.7 earthquake and a prolific sequence of related events … were likely triggered by fluid injection.”
The second study, of the Raton Basin of Southern Colorado/Northern New Mexico by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) team, concludes “the majority, if not all of the earthquakes since August 2001 have been triggered by the deep injection of wastewater related to the production of natural gas from the coal-bed methane field here.”

Both studies are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week.
These studies, together with other recent findings, make a strong case that we need national regulations on wastewater injection to prevent induced earthquakes...

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Andrew S.'s comment, October 20, 2014 9:45 AM
Cool!
Carolyn's curator insight, October 20, 2014 9:59 AM

MORE EARTHQUAKES!

AlaineS's curator insight, October 22, 2014 5:17 PM

Very informative and has specific facts on the topic.

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Mapping Earthquake Risks at US Nuclear Power Plants | Climate Central

Mapping Earthquake Risks at US Nuclear Power Plants | Climate Central | green infographics | Scoop.it
Map shows the 104 active nuclear reactors in the Lower-48 states, overlaid with both recent earthquakes and the 15 strongest earthquakes in the region's history.
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Keystone XL would be right on top of latest Oklahoma earthquakes

Keystone XL would be right on top of latest Oklahoma earthquakes | green infographics | Scoop.it

Red: proposed route for Keystone XL

 

Orange star: epicenter of Saturday's magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma, which buckled a highway and cracked a building.

 

The state is currently recovering from the quake and bracing for storms. A decade hence, if Keystone XL were running straight through the state, would they also be dealing with a major oil spill?

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