Researchers (Frohlich et al., 2016) from the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University recently developed a new question‐based system for categorizing Texas earthquakes as either natural or man‐made.

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Unfortunately, this new test is a significant step backward. Frohlich et al. (2016) appears to reject the science‐based, integrated subsurface engineering and geomechanics approach as advocated by more than 80 national and international subject matter experts. The test also runs counter to the approach recommended by the National Academies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it arbitrarily skews the conclusion away from natural causes....

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