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Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies

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About 60% of the energy consumed in the United States come from fluids pumped from the ground. Activities related to producing this energy, including conventional oil and gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy production, and underground disposal of wastewater, has been linked to a small number manmade earthquakes. A new video, based upon Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies (NRC, 2013), examines the science behind manmade seismic activity and discusses practices that can help reduce risks.