USGS talk on Fracking (Reston, VA)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00 PM

Title: Fracturing, and Induced Earthquakes

By: Doug Duncan, Jim Campbell, and Bill Leith

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting wells with water, sand, and chemicals at very high pressure. This process creates fractures in deeply buried rocks to allow for the extraction of oil and natural gas as well as geothermal energy. Why is this process in such wide use today? How does hydraulic fracturing affect water resources? And does hydraulic fracturing cause earthquakes? Join us to learn the answers to these questions, and about USGS research into the opportunities and impact associated with hydraulic fracturing.


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