Oil and Gas Today with Chris Faulkner – Podcast #478

The Subcommittee on Seismic Activity is holding hearings at the Texas State Capitol to listen to testimony concerning earthquakes and their possible relation to fracking.

Hundreds of minor earthquakes have occurred in Northern Texas near the sites of oil and gas production and lawmakers want to know if fracking is causing it or a fault line.

Fracking is a process where liquid, many times water, is mixed with sand and other chemicals and injected into the ground at a very high pressure to penetrate the deep rock formations to extract the gas and oil.

The big question by experts is, is the act of the drilling or the disposal wells that are buried thousands of feet underground causing the earthquakes?

North Texas has experienced more than 300 minor earthquakes in the past few years none of which I believe are related to fracking.

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