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 | Slides 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 | Slides Video
- Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management | Slides Video
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 Geologists, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, U.S. Geological Survey.
Resources to learn more:
- View this webinar's Question & Answer session
- Oklahoma Geological Survey: Oklahoma Earthquakes in 2016, interactive map viewer
- Oklahoma Geological Survey: Class II Saltwater Disposal for 2009-2014 at the Annual-, State-, and County- Scales by Geologic Zones of Completion, Oklahoma, Open-File Report (OF5-2015)
- EARTH Magazine: Ground-shaking research: How humans trigger earthquakes
- Walsh, F. R., and Zoback, M. D. (2015) Oklahoma’s recent earthquakes and saltwater disposal. Science Advances.
- Ohio Seismic Network (OhioSeis) website
- States First Induced Seismicity Work Group
- Railroad Commission Adopts Disposal Well Rule Amendments
- Report on House Bill 2 (2016-17) Seismic Monitoring and Research in Texas
Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about induced earthquakes.