October 11, 2021

Permian: Increasing Earthquake Clusters Lead to Renewed Regulatory Interest

Permian: Increasing Earthquake Clusters Lead to Renewed Regulatory Interest

October 11, 2021

Predictably, the recent recovery Permian basin E+P activity has also led to increasing SWD volumes and earthquake “clusters".  This has lead to more stringent regulations on the Texas side of the basin that are expected to affect 76 facilities.  On the western side, New Mexico regulators are also considering a variety of measure to reduce earthquake risk.  

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https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2021/10/08/new-mexico-probes-earthquakes-induced-fracking-permian-basin/5990071001/

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