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Study: East Texas Quakes Triggered by Wastewater

Scientists believe they have found the source for a series of tremors plaguing East Texas. It’s surmised that the wastewater injected into deep rocks by the oil and gas industry caused the Earth’s surface to bulge – and likely triggered the quakes.

Timpson, TX experienced a 4.8-magnitude earthquake in 2012, and three more of magnitude 4 or higher. The quakes originated from the same spot – directly beneath two wells where wastewater was generated during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It’s hoped that the findings will help determine where future wells should be located, and how much wastewater can be pumped into areas near known fault zones.

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