Earthquakes on Record-Breaking Pace in U.S. Shale, Study Finds

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Study: Earthquakes in Us Shale at Record Rates


David Wethe Bloomberg News

June 10, 2021


The number of earthquakes rattling the U.S. shale patch is growing exponentially as producers pump massive amounts of dirty water from their oil and gas wells back underground.

Tremors registering at least a 2 on the Richter scale quadrupled from 2017 levels to a record 938 last year and are on pace to top that this year, according to a Rystad Energy analysis of data in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Though earthquakes have long been linked to activity related to shale production, the report provides more evidence of the connection in the U.S. Southwest, where oil drilling has intensified in the past decade.

Earth Shaking

Seismic activity greater than 2.0 magnitude on the rise in U.S. southwest

Source: Rystad

Note: 2021 data is through first five months

Tremors in shale fields can also be caused by fracking, or blasting apart rock to release oil and gas. Most of those earthquakes, though, are imperceptible. The real danger is that if the oil field is situated along a geological fault, the fractures can cause a chain reaction and trigger a bigger seismic event.

To maintain water disposal at 2020 levels, the industry has to treat and recycle it, which could cost producers more than $1 billion a year, Hassler said.



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