Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of oil and natural gas extraction that involves injecting fluid into subterranean rock formations at high pressure. About Latest Earthquakes Version Info Clicking the list icon in the top right corner will load the earthquake list. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), there were approximately 23,000 hydraulically fractured wells in the United States in 2000. The U.S. Geological Survey has maintained that fracking is not the cause of most induced earthquakes. Fracking also uses large volumes of freshwater. Oklahoma is being pummeled by earthquakes, a phenomenon scientists have strongly tied to wastewater injection and the practice of fracking. Clicking the map icon in the top right corner will load the map. Best Practice #1: Start with a conclusion that supports your political agenda and work backward. California needs to know. Ban on Fracking is Causing California’s Earthquakes Keeping with the spirit of climate alarmist fake news , I’ve decided to apply their best practices to the recent earthquakes in California. Clicking the options icon in the top right corner lets you change which earthquakes are displayed, and … (Hence the term, "frackquake" is a bit of a misnomer, as it's not the fracking process itself but re-injection of drilling wastewater that causes tremors.) A new study … The majority of earthquakes in Oklahoma are caused by the industrial practice known as "wastewater disposal". However, earthquakes have occurred in Oklahoma and … Gas is flared as waste from the Monterey Shale formation in California, where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom. The largest known fracking induced earthquake in the United States was a M4.0 earthquake that occurred in Texas in 2018. The largest earthquake known to be induced by hydraulic fracturing in Oklahoma was a M3.6 earthquakes in 2019. We know all this because Oklahoma is in a part of the country that historically has been pretty quiet, seismically speaking, so quake data is less likely to be muddled by natural events. Industry sources say it uses less freshwater in California than is used in other states and no cases of groundwater contamination have been found. Where it Stands In November 2013, state regulators released draft rules for fracking that are now expected to go into effect in July 2015.