Earthquakes and the Oil and Gas Industry

Headlines say that oil and gas drilling and fracing causes small earthquakes in the Midcontinent.  The responsibility of the oil and gas operators in causing induced earthquakes and seismic activity has been hotly debated for over a year.  Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, said in a New York Times interview, "that the potential for man-made quakes is an important and legitimate concern that must be taken very seriously by regulators and industry." The main cause identified is injection of waste water into disposal wells. Bordoff called for tighter regulations on recycling wastewater rather than injecting it underground.