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Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

April 15, 2014 by Briana Mordick

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that recent earthquakes in Ohio were likely caused by fracking. This is the fourth documented case of induced seismicity linked to hydraulic fracturing, and the latest in a series of earthquakes in Ohio caused by oil and gas production activities.[read more]

More Research and Data Needed on Induced Earthquakes from Oil and Gas Operations

March 28, 2014 by Briana Mordick

Quakes and Fracking

In the early evening on March 27, 1964 a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck beneath Alaska’s Prince William Sound, 75 miles east of Anchorage. The ground shook for over four minutes, triggering landslides and a deadly tsunami that claimed lives as far south as Crescent City, CA.[read more]

Fracking Waste Wells Linked to Ohio Earthquakes

September 2, 2013 by Bill Chameides

In 2011 nine small earthquakes were reported in and around Youngstown, Ohio. All were of 2.7 magnitude or less. Given that prior to 2011, no earthquakes centered in the area had been recorded, something unusual seemed to be going on.[read more]

Wastewater, Seismic Activity, and Fracking Facts

July 24, 2013 by Steve Everley

Last week, new research published in Science discovered that earthquakes can trigger seismic activity near injection wells – activity that, according to the studies, was going to occur anyway.[read more]

Energy Risk: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking

July 15, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Caused by Fracking?

Large earthquakes from distant parts of the globe are setting off tremors around waste-fluid injection wells in the central United States, says a new study.[read more]

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Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

May 29, 2013 by Grant McDermott

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Can fracking causes earthquakes? The short answer is yes, but these are so small that they are of very little consequence.[read more]

Does Energy-Related Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

June 21, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles


Last week the National Research Council published a comprehensive study of the seismic hazards and risks of a variety of energy-related drilling activities.  Despite widely publicized reports of drilling-related quakes in Ohio and Arkansas, the report concluded that such events are very rare, compared to both the total number...[read more]

Did Fracking Cause 12 Earthquakes in Ohio?

March 12, 2012 by Nathanael Baker

State officials have determined that at least 12 earthquakes that occurred in Ohio were caused by the injection of brine into hydraulic fracturing disposal wells.  As a result of its findings [pdf], the state has established, what it calls, the "nation's toughest regulations" for the fracking disposal wells. Brine is a toxic laden...[read more]