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Induced Seismicity Studies


The team makes observations and interpretation of seismicity that is induced by fluid injection and production in energy reservoirs. The team has developed new methods for obtaining precise relative locations of the seismic events; we have found that the precisely located events often occur along structures that are likely flow paths in the reservoirs.

The principal investigator for the team is Jim Rutledge.

For related information, read our Introduction to Microseismicity

 

  • Above - Map view of high precision microearthquake locations from hydraulic fracturing of Cotton Valley Formation in east Texas. Locations were obtained from systematic arrival time picking and locating. Uncertainty of locations is about 1 meter, about a factor ten better than conventional location methods.

 

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