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Study Links Injection Well Depth To Oklahoma Quakes

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     A new study finds that restricting the depth of injections wells could cut the number of Oklahoma's man-made earthquakes by fifty percent.
    Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 wastewater injection wells where 96 billion gallons of fluid - leftover from hydraulic fracturing - are pumped yearly.
    The study determined a major trigger of man-made quakes in Oklahoma is how deep - not just how much - wastewater is injected.
    Previous studies had pinpointed the amount of fluids injected into wells as an issue.
    The lead author of this new study is Thea Hincks, an earth scientist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
    Findings appear in Thursday's journal Science.

    
 

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