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Scientists: Oil & Gas Disposal Wells Triggering Kansas Quakes

Entrance sign to the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)

The Kansas Geological Survey has determined there IS a connection between oil and gas production and earthquakes. Oil and gas wells produce massive amounts of salty water, which is then pumped back down into the ground, under high pressure, in disposal wells. And that process, according to Survey Director Rex Buchanan, is triggering seismic activity.

Earlier this year, regulators ordered the industry to reduce the amount of waste water being pumped into individual disposal wells in the parts of south-central Kansas where earthquakes have been most active. Ever since, seismic activity has decreased dramatically.

Oil & Gas Disposal Wells Triggering Quakes (Rex Buchanan)


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