Articles tagged "fracking"

west texas oil patch heaving and sinking at alarming rates

West Texas oil patch heaving and sinking at alarming rates

Geophysicists from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas found that decades of oil production activity in Texas have destabilized localities of an area about 10 000 km2 (4 000 mi2) populated by small towns, roadways and a vast network of oil and gas pipelines...

March 23, 2018

oklahoma enid m4 2 earthquakes march 2018

Two damaging M4.2 earthquakes hit NE of Enid, Oklahoma

Two damaging M4.2 earthquakes were registered 16 km (9.9 miles) ENE of Enid, Oklahoma on March 4 and 5, 2018. The first hit at 23:17 UTC on March 4 at a depth of 1.9 km (1.18 miles) and was followed by another M4.2 at 03:40 UTC on March 5 at a depth of 5 km (3.1...

March 05, 2018

oklahoma earthquakes december 5 2017 location

Shallow M4.2, M2.8 earthquakes hit northeast Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey registered two shallow earthquakes near Stillwater in northeast Oklahoma on December 5, 2017. The first, registered as M4.2 at 04:26 UTC (22:26 CST, December 4) hit at a depth of 3.3 km (2 miles) and the second, registered at 04:53 UTC as...

December 05, 2017

raton basin colorado new mexico

Study links Raton Basin earthquakes to oil and gas fluid injections, again

A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico recorded between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study. The study, which took place in...

October 26, 2017

oklahoma seismicty

Animation of earthquakes in Oklahoma between 2004 and 2016

Many studies have investigated the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection, particularly in Oklahoma where scientists recorded a 4 000% increase in the rate of earthquakes between 2008 and 2016. Now, the USGS in Oklahoma has released an...

July 21, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

oklahoma earthquakes usgs

4000% increase in Oklahoma earthquakes induced by fluid injection

A record number of 907 earthquakes of magnitude greater or equal to 3.0 was reported in Oklahoma during 2015. A new study investigated the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection in the hope of aiding the regulators in reducing a risk of...

November 23, 2016

welcome_to_oklahoma_home_of_the_quakenado_f

Yes, humans really are causing earthquakes

The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions...

February 07, 2016

oklahoma_oil_field_by_jonathan_c_wheeler_f

Fracking plays active role in generating toxic metal wastewater

A new study has been conducted to investigate the toxic barium metal in fracking wastewater. Although the chemicals inserted into injected freshwater during the mixing process with highly saline brine in the rock are generally assumed to be partially responsible for...

December 16, 2015

flaring_at_a_gas_well_in_pennsylvania_cc_f

People near fracking wells show higher hospitalization rates

Over the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote

July 20, 2015

cu boulder_injection_welling_research_f_2015

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells

A dramatic increase in the rate of earthquakes in the central and eastern US since 2009 is associated with fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the USGS.The number of earthquakes associated wit

June 19, 2015

natural_gas_well_ _north_dakota_ _by_tim_evanson

Increased levels of Radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes – where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe – have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking in

April 11, 2015

sir_fracturing_usgs_feat

Historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data unveiled in new USGS publications

Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reser

January 29, 2015

hfc_f

Huge amounts of carcinogenic chemicals contaminate air near fracking sites

It seems as though, with each day that passes, yet another health and environmental hazard is identified as being linked to hydraulic fracking, the process of injecting more than 200 chemicals at high pressure into the ground, shattering rock and releasing one America&#

November 18, 2014

Andrés_Nieto_Porras_ _Al_sol

Billions of gallons of oil industry wastewater illegally injected into central California aquifers

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aq

October 16, 2014

sunset_in_texas_by_reto_fetz

Hydraulic fracturing linked to 400 earthquakes in Ohio, study

Hydraulic fracturing triggered a series of small earthquakes in 2013 on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio, according to a study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters (SRL) on October 14, 2014. Nearly 400 small earthquakes occurred be

October 16, 2014

fracking

Fracking - researching biological fallout of shale-gas production must become a top priority

Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ec

August 02, 2014

14187651288_eff6086ab2_b

Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals

The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell University research

June 26, 2014

mesa_county_landslide_may_25_2014_f

Massive landslide swept through Mesa County, western Colorado, U.S.

A massive landslide swept through Mesa County in western Colorado, U.S., on May 25, 2014. According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Department, three people are missing. The slide occurred after a day of rain and a smaller slide earlier in a day.Acc

May 27, 2014

2011_oklahoma_earthquake_p waves

2011 Oklahoma human induced earthquake may have triggered larger quake - study

In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists observed that a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma in November 2011 may have triggered the larger M 5.7 earthquake less than a day later.  This research

March 13, 2014

12737593035_019e8204c9_b

Colorado approves new regulations to limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling

Colorado [USA] health and environment officials approved this week a set of new rules to limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling in the state, along with nation's first plan to detect and reduce methane emissions. The

February 26, 2014

oklahoma_earthquake_swarm_feat

Earthquake hazard in Oklahoma increased due to ongoing swarm

USGS reported today that since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, which marked a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events.  Important to people living in the Oklahoma City region

October 23, 2013

sichuan_earthquake_damage_2008

'Fracking' began in China’s most dangerous earthquake zone

Oil companies have started drilling for oil in China's Sichuan region, an earthquake hot bed, where nearly 70 000 people died in devastating M 8.0 earthquake in 2008. The Sichuan province of China has seen many strong and

August 07, 2013

2usall_imagemap

Large, distant earthquakes may cause smaller quakes at U.S. drilling sites

From the late 1960s until 2000, there were only 21 earthquakes a year with a magnitude greater than 3 in central and eastern United States. But from 2010-2012, the region experienced over 300. In a paper in Science, researchers think they may have

July 13, 2013

whistle blower scott ely holds up water from his aquifer in dimmock photo by michael mullen timestribune1

Can fracking contaminate drinking water?

Hydraulic fracturing uses pressurised fluid to crack open deep shale rocks to release the methane trapped within them. Geologists say this potentially harmful fluid is unlikely to percolate up through a few kilometres of rock to reach the shallow aquifers that supply

July 15, 2012

fracking pollutes drinking water

Fracking responsible for water contamination across US

Lawsuits from individuals who believe their water has been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing are coming in all across the US and support for stricter regulations is growing. This was backed up by recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings that

June 03, 2012

fracking_mess

Drought and low stream flows suspends Pennsylvania fracking operations

Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania. According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for

April 20, 2012

Protestors scale a shale 008

UK will allow shale gas fracking despite earthquake connections?

UK ministers have been advised to allow the controversial practice of fracking for shale gas to be extended in Britain, despite it causing two earthquakes and the emergence of serious doubts over the safety of the wells that have already been drilled. Fuel

April 18, 2012

index

The startling increase in earthquakes across US is "almost certainly man-made"

USGS scientists have been investigating the recent increase in the number of magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes in the midcontinent of the United States. These earthquakes are fairly small – large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to rarely

April 18, 2012