Scientists Warn of Quake Risk From Fracking Operations

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Scientists Warn of Quake Risk From Fracking Operations

Tremors induced by wastewater disposal are larger and harder to predict than previously thought.
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Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:00pm
Underground disposal of wastewater from fracking may pose a much greater risk of causing dangerous earthquakes than previously believed, particularly in areas of the U.S. Southwest and Midwest where earthquake faults have not been mapped extensively, seismology researchers said at a conference Thursday.
 
Worse yet, scientists are not yet able to predict which wastewater injection sites are likely to pose risks to buildings or critical structures such as power plants, and do not yet know what operators might do to mitigate the hazard. And new research indicates that the disposal wells are capable of affecting earthquake faults that are miles away from them.
 
Keywords: Energy | EPA | Earthquakes | Energy | Environment | Environmental Protection Agency | National Geographic | Water | fracking | wastewater

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