January 20, 2012

Quakes Shake Shale Gas Industry

Peter Fairley, MIT Technology Review


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Geophysicists are increasingly certain that expanding production of shale gas is responsible for a spate of minor earthquakes that have upset some communities and prompted authorities in Arkansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and the U.K. to shut down some natural-gas operations. The question now, say the experts, is whether the underground operations causing the trouble should be scaled back or more closely monitored to minimize future quakes—and whether the relatively small quakes may yet have the potential to trigger truly destructive ones.

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TAGGED: Earthquakes, Ohio, Natural Gas, Fracking

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