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Did the USGS assess the potential danger of hydraulic fracturing associated with shale gas production causing damaging earthquakes in the area of shale gas production.

The objective of the 2011 oil and gas resource assessment was to estimate the volume of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources in the Marcellus shale of the Appalachian basin.  There was no other objective to this study.  The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program  has been investigating this specific issue and has an FAQ web page to address questions around this subject with one specifically addressing this question:Are Earthquakes Induced By Fluid Injection?

 

Tags: Natural Resources, Energy, Gas, Oil, Marcellus Shale