'Do not operate' quake-linked disposal wells -- EPA draft report


Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter

      EnergyWire: Monday, July 22, 2013      


U.S. EPA officials say oil and gas wastewater injection wells that are causing earthquakes should stop operating if there's no way to stop the shaking.

But there is a variety of other options to consider first, according to a "decision model" outlined in a draft report obtained by EnergyWire. That includes scaling back how much well owners can inject, requiring more data collection or public education about "the complexities of injection-induced seismicity."

The 341-page document represents the main EPA response to concerns that drilling-related activities are causing earthquakes. It was provided as a result of a Freedom of Information Act appeal after agency officials declined to release it (EnergyWire, May 28).

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