Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Costly Seismic Surveys May Limit Fracking Earthquakes

[ via Reuters ] 3 Jan

A thorough seismic survey to assess tracts of rock below where oil and gas drilling fluid is disposed of could help detect quake prone areas - Only, it costs about $10 million a pop.
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"If we knew what was in the earth we could perfectly mitigate the risk of earthquakes," said Austin Holland, seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey. "That is something that we don't have enough science to establish yet."

However, some experts say the quakes do not necessarily appear to be caused during the process of fracking, a controversial extraction technique that involves injecting chemical-laced water and sand into shale rock to release oil and gas.
Read more: Reuters

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