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“As Disposal Wells Age, The Risk of Stronger Quakes Grows”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
December 7, 2012

The findings have “clear policy implications,” but the scientists were hesitant to suggest what regulators might do to address the risk of drilling-related earthquakes. “One panelist noted that regulation was difficult due to the strength of the oil and gas lobby,” our partners at StateImpact Texas report.

If the findings are correct, they mean the longer a disposal well is injected with fluid, the greater the likelihood of a stronger quake. That means that older wells still in use across Texas and the rest of the country could be growing more and more prone to producing larger earthquakes.

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