State Responses to Induced Earthquakes

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 1 hour
Series: AGI Policy & Critical Issues Webinar

This webinar features experts from state government in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio, who will discuss the range of state-level actions and approaches taken by these three oil- and gas-rich states to monitor and reduce the occurrence of induced earthquakes.

State Responses: Patterns of Induced Seismicity in Central and Northwest Oklahoma

The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area.

Our speakers are:

  • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
  • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
  • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video

Webinar Co-Sponsors
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Energy Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Association of American State Geologists, Association of Environmental & Engineering GeologistsEnvironmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Seismological Society of AmericaSociety of Exploration GeophysicistsU.S. Geological Survey.

Downloads:
pdf download icon Webinar flyer
YouTube download icon Short video showing the increases in wastewater injection volume and earthquake activity in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas, from 2005-2016.

Resources to learn more:

Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about induced earthquakes.