NRC Study Says Fracking Poses No Serious Earthquake Risk

Law360, New York (June 15, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A National Research Council report released Friday said the process of hydraulic fracturing does not pose a high risk for inducing earthquakes, finding seismic events are more likely to be caused by conventional oil and gas activities.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is only suspected as the cause of one earthquake in the United States, despite the presence of more than 35,000 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in the country, the report said.

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