Buying or Selling? – Map could prevent earthquakes from Texas fracking

According to a recent study in the Leading Edge authored by the Stanford University, Department of Geophysics, a new map highlights areas of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico that could be at greater risk for future earthquakes resulting from oil and gas operations. Previous research has shown that wastewater injected as a step in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) underlies an increase in seismic activity in parts of the central and eastern US, particularly in Oklahoma, starting in 2005. While none of these small-to-moderate earthquakes has yet caused significant property damage or injury, they represent an increased probability of larger earthquakes. Now, Texas is poised to take center stage as the Permian Basin is becoming the country’s most important oil- and gas-producing regio...

Untapped: The New West Texas

The Texas standard has put together a great mini series about The Permian Basin in West Texas, and it’s nation leading oil adn gas production. Worth a read and listen. http://specials.texasstandard.org/untapped/

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