Thursday, December 6, 2012

Has the Earthquake Risk of Fracking Been "Wildly Overstated"?

From Reuters:
Hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and gas has become closely associated in the public mind with the risk of triggering man-made earthquakes. But the risk is not high and it is not confined to fracking.
There may be greater danger from geothermal energy production and pumping carbon dioxide underground as part of carbon capture and storage projects.
Those are the findings of an authoritative study on the risk of man-made ("induced") seismicity carried out by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences at the request of Congress ("Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies" 2012).
Environmentalists and community groups have seized on earthquake risk to oppose hydraulic fracturing in the United States and Western Europe.
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