Volume 90 Issue 26 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 25, 2012

Earthquake Risk Of Energy Technologies

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: earthquakes, fracking, carbon dioxide injection

The initial underground injection of fluids for hydraulic fracturing poses little risk of causing earthquakes, according to a recent report by the National Research Council. The report finds greater risk of earthquakes from underground injection of the resulting wastewater from these fracturing sites as well as other energy-related technologies when conducted over extended periods of time. The report also warns that underground injection of carbon dioxide has the potential to induce earthquakes because of the . . .

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