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Induced or Triggered Earthquakes in Texas: Assessment of Current Knowledge and Suggestions for Future Research

This project assessed the relationship between locations of historical Texas earthquakes, petroleum fields, and injection disposal wells, e.g., wells used to dispose of flowback fluids from hydrofracturing operations. Nearly two-thirds of all Texas earthquakes have occurred in/near petroleum fields or near injection disposal wells; this suggests many Texas earthquakes might be human-caused. This report suggests several research projects that would help us better understand when human activity triggers seismic activity in Texas, and how to mitigate/control this phenomenon.

Bibliography:
Cliff Frohlich
Induced or Triggered Earthquakes in Texas: Assessment of Current Knowledge and Suggestions for Future Research
Final technical report, awarded by the University of Texas
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Aug. 2013 “http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906304579037181315480254.html

See also:
Jim Efstathiou Jr., Texas Earthquakes Tied to Extraction in Fracking. Bloomberg, Aug. 27, 2013

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