Deep Well Monitoring During Seismic Activity

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The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center is working cooperatively with the USGS Earthquake Science Center (California) to monitor real-time downhole pressures, temperatures, and water levels in an effort to understand changes in pore-fluid pressure in the Arbuckle Group associated with seismic activity.

Install of Osage deep well
Install of Osage deep well(Public domain.)

The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center is working cooperatively with the USGS Earthquake Science Center (California) to monitor real-time downhole pressures, temperatures, and water levels in an effort to understand changes in pore-fluid pressure in the Arbuckle Group associated with seismic activity.

Three wells will be installed by the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center in FY2017 to monitor downhole pressures, temperatures, and water levels in deep wells completed in the Arbuckle Group. At one well, the USGS Earthquake Science Center will also install a seismometer at the wellhead.