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Curbing Wastewater Disposal Would Reduce Quakes

According to studies of University of Colorado (UC) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a separate study by Stanford University focuses on increased activity in Oklahoma and suggests Oil and natural gas operators need to cut back on waste fluids that are injected into wells to help reduce the outbreak of small earthquakes, which are occurring with increasing frequency in the Midcontinent, according to two recent studies.Both studies point to oil and natural gas operations involving the deep injection of wastewater as the prime cause for the surge in seismic activity, but they differ in how the industry and regulators should respond. Source