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By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Fast pumping of oil and gas industry waste fluids deep underground — at rates exceeding 300,000 barrels a month — is linked to the national surge in earthquakes, according to a study unveiled Thursday. University of Colorado and U.S. Geolog...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Man-made earthquakes have been on the rise in the United States, and the government is taking notice. On Thursday, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report which, for the first time, includes human-induced earthquakes on the agency’s official seismic hazard maps. Those maps aim to calculate ...
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Posted by on in Mining
So far this year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or greater than any other state in the country — including California. More than 200, just since January. This is a new and remarkable phenomenon. Just five years ago, Oklahoma was averaging only two 3.0 earthquakes a year. Now,...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Depletion of groundwater in California's Central Valley for agriculture and other uses could be contributing to an increase in small earthquakes along the famed San Andreas fault, a scientific study published on Wednesday said. But the phenomenon is not believed to lead to an increased risk of larg...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
The U.S. Geological Survey says the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has gone up dramatically in recent months and that the surge in seismic activity has increased the danger of a damaging quake in the central part of the state. The USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey issued a joint statement...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Given the twin concerns of peak oil and climate change, it's no surprise that natural gas (with its lower carbon intensity than coal) has been hailed by many as the salvation of our modern way of life, at least for now. And with the discovery of enormous deposits under Marcellus Shale in the Eastern...
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