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A survey of earthquakes and injection well locations in the Barnett Shale, Texas

Cliff Frohlich
A survey of earthquakes and injection well locations in the Barnett Shale, Texas (in Passive seismic and microseismic; Part 2, Julie E. Shemeta (editor), Bill Goodway (editor), Mark Willis (editor) and Werner Heigl (editor))
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) (December 2012) 31 (12): 1446-1451

Abstract

In August 2012, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published my article surveying two years of seismicity in the Barnett Shale of Texas. The data showed that virtually all well-located epicenters were situated within 3 km of high-volume injection wells. This article summarizes the results of that publication. Recently there has been concern about earthquakes possibly caused by the disposal of hydrofracture flowback fluids in injection wells. Most investigations of earthquakes caused by human activity take place only after an earthquake occurs that is severe enough to be felt by nearby residents and receive media attention. Such events usually have magnitudes approximately M3 or greater and occur in populated areas. Limiting research only to these events does not help us understand why some injection wells trigger seismic activity and others do not.


ISSN: 1070-485X
EISSN: 1938-3789
Serial Title: Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
Serial Volume: 31
Serial Issue: 12
Title: A survey of earthquakes and injection well locations in the Barnett Shale, Texas
Title: Passive seismic and microseismic; Part 2
Author(s): Frohlich, Cliff
Author(s): Shemeta, Julie E.editor
Author(s): Goodway, Billeditor
Author(s): Willis, Markeditor
Author(s): Heigl, Wernereditor
Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States
Pages: 1446-1451
Published: 201212
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 7
Accession Number: 2013-010863
Categories: Seismology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
N25°45'00" - N36°30'00", W106°30'00" - W93°30'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201308
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