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State of stress in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico; implications for induced seismicity

Jens-Erik Lund Snee and Mark D. Zoback
State of stress in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico; implications for induced seismicity (in Induced seismicity, Brad Birkelo (prefacer), William L. Ellsworth (prefacer), Steve Roche (prefacer) and Mirko van der Baan (prefacer))
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) (February 2018) 37 (2): 127-134


Since the 1960s, the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico has experienced earthquakes that were possibly triggered by oil and gas activities. In recent years, seismicity has been concentrated near Pecos, Texas; around the Dagger Draw Field, New Mexico; and near the Cogdell Field, Snyder, Texas. We have collected hundreds of measurements of stress orientation and relative magnitude to identify potentially active normal, normal/strike-slip, or strike-slip faults that might be susceptible to earthquake triggering in this region. In the Midland Basin and Central Basin Platform, the faulting regime is consistently normal/strike slip, and the direction of the maximum horizontal compressive stress (SH (sub max) ) is approximately east-west, although modest rotations of the SH (sub max) direction are seen in some areas. Within the Delaware Basin, however, a large-magnitude clockwise rotation ( approximately 150 degrees ) of SH (sub max) occurs progressively from being nearly north-south in the north to east-southeast-west-northwest in the south, including the western Val Verde Basin. A normal faulting stress field is observed throughout the Delaware Basin. We use these stress data to estimate the potential for slip on mapped faults across the Permian Basin in response to injection-related pressure changes at depth that might be associated with future oil and gas development activities in the region.

ISSN: 1070-485X
EISSN: 1938-3789
Serial Title: Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
Serial Volume: 37
Serial Issue: 2
Title: State of stress in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico; implications for induced seismicity
Title: Induced seismicity
Author(s): Snee, Jens-Erik LundZoback, Mark D.
Author(s): Birkelo, Bradprefacer
Author(s): Ellsworth, William L.prefacer
Author(s): Roche, Steveprefacer
Author(s): van der Baan, Mirkoprefacer
Affiliation: Stanford University, Department of Geophysics, Stanford, CA, United States
Affiliation: Spectraseis, Houston, TX, United States
Pages: 127-134
Published: 201802
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 49
Accession Number: 2019-007279
Categories: SeismologyEconomic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
N30°00'00" - N34°00'00", W106°00'00" - W100°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 201906
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