Role of Hydraulic Fracturing, Other Energy Technologies in Causing Earthquakes – New Report
Hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy production, and conventional oil and gas development are various energy technologies that require injecting fluid deep underground, an adverse side effect of which is the potential to cause earthquakes. A new report from the National Research Council, INDUCED SEISMICITY POTENTIAL IN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, examines the scale, scope, and consequences of earthquakes caused by subsurface fluid injection during energy production and identifies gaps in knowledge and research that could advance the understanding of man-made earthquakes.
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