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Citation Label: GEN456
Publication Name: Human-Induced Earthquakes from Deep-Well Injection: A Brief Overview
Publication Type: Report
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Author Name: Folger, Peter
Other Authors: Mary Tiemann
Contractor Name: Congressional Research Service
Publication Year: 2016
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Annotation: Deep-well injection has long been the environmentally preferred method for managing produced brine and other wastewater associated with oil and gas production. However, an increasing concern in the United States is that injection of these fluids may be responsible for increasing rates of seismic activity. 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.
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