NRC studies earthquake risk from hydraulic fracturing

06/25/2012
Hydraulic fracturing, as currently used by the oil and gas industry for unconventional natural gas projects, poses little risk for inducing earthquakes that can be felt by people, the National Research Council (NRC) said in a recent report. Researchers noted the number of seismic events associated with unconventional oil and gas activities have been "very few" given that 35,000 fractured shale gas wells exist in the US. Carbon capture and storage projects have greater potential for inducing seismic events because significant volumes of fluids are injected underground over long periods, the report said. Insufficient information exists to fully understand the potential earthquake ...
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