27 Feb '15, 1am

USGS: Fracking Wastewater Disposal Wells Are Causing Oklahoma Earthquakes

is not the first to come to the conclusion that wastewater injection is causing the quakes—and not even the first to publish that conclusion in Science . But until now there has been no comprehensive plan for managing underground injection programs in such a way that lessens the impacts of the induced seismicity on the state and its residents. That is, essentially, the void the USGS scientists and their co-authors were attempting to fill. “In contrast to natural earthquake hazard, over which humans have no control, the hazard from induced seismicity can be reduced,” said the study’s lead author, USGS geophysicist Dr. Art McGarr. “Improved seismic networks and public access to fluid injection data will allow us to detect induced earthquake problems at an early stage, when seismic events are typically very small, so as to avoid larger and potentially more damaging earthquake...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/02/26/usgs-fracking-wastew...

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