Software May Help Oil & Gas Industry Quell Earthquakes

The technology gives operators the fault's location and geometry, natural stresses in the ground, and the pressure changes that would occur if more fluids are injected

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An increased number of earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma has put a closer spotlight on disposal wells, where the oil and gas industry dumps waste water and frack water.

New digital software developed by Stanford University in partnership with Irving-based Exxon Mobil Inc. gives the operators the location of the fault and its geometry, natural stresses in the ground, and the pressure changes that would occur if additional fluids are injected, the Dallas Morning News reported.

SOFTWARE FOR EARTHQUAKES IS FREE

The software is offered for free from Stanford.

And when earthquakes do occur in North Texas, newly installed seismographs will measure where they originated from and help determine whether it’s a result of manmade activity, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The seismographs are part of a $4.5 million TexNet system approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015.

There are a total of 31 seismographs in North Texas, including those monitored by researchers at Southern Methodist University. Each one streams data to a cellular network 24 hours a day.


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