Is Eagle Ford Oil Production Causing Earthquakes?

Eagle Ford Earthquakes Are Often Undetectable On The Surface
Eagle Ford Earthquake Map

Eagle Ford Earthquake Map from UTIG | Click to Enlarge

The surge in Eagle Ford production over the past few years has likely led to small earthquakes in the region.

Enough oil and water is now being produced that it is likely rocks are settling and faults are slipping, which causes small earthquakes.

That’s the conclusion from a two-year study completed by the UT Institute for Geophysics.

The study was published in the Earth and Planetary Science Letters and can be downloaded here: [Read more…]

Hydraulic Fracturing Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water

Hydraulic fracturing, fracking, or frac’ing, depending on who you talk to, DOES NOT contaminate drinking water. ┬áThat was the conclusion from a University of Texas Energy Institute study of the process.

The study noted that contamination is usually related to above ground spills or a mishandling of wastewater. [Read more…]

UT – Hydraulic Fracturing Not to Blame for Contamination

Initial results indicate there is no direct relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water contamination.

Results from the UT study on fracking.