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Human-Induced Earthquakes from Deep-Well Injection: A Brief Overview [September 30, 2016]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Although only a small fraction of U.S. wastewater disposal wells appears to be problematic for causing damaging earthquakes, the potential for injection-related earthquakes has raised an array of issues and has affected oil and gas wastewater disposal in some areas. In response to induced seismicity concerns, both EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and state work groups have issued recommendations for best practices to minimize and manage such risks. Several states have increased regulation and oversight of Class II disposal wells. Congress may be interested in oversight of EPA's UIC [Underground Injection Control] Human-Induced Earthquakes from Deep-Well Injection: A Brief Overview Congressional Research Service program or in federally sponsored research on the relationship between energy development activities and induced seismicity."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43836
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2016-09-30
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