Aunt Edna has been hearing media reports about an increase in the frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma and wants to know what’s going on. In particular, she’s asking if this is related to fracking.
To help you talk about this with Aunt Edna, we created a one-page fact sheet on induced seismicity and wastewater disposal wells. The fact sheet covers the reason why disposal wells are used, how induced seismicity is being addressed, and some key points that will help you provide some context.
Here’s a Washington Post editorial that offers more context on the USGS map: There’s no need to panic over fracking-related quakes
If you would like to dive a little deeper on the issue, we recommend the following resources:
If Aunt Edna is asking about induced seismicity, please feel free to share this fact sheet with her.
Even if you’re not getting questions on this topic, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the information on the fact sheet so you can serve as a resource for the folks in your personal network if they have questions about this in the future.
‘Answering Aunt Edna’ is a recurring series that is designed to help CAN members answer tough questions from their friends, family and neighbors.