Science journalist Anna Kuchment with The Dallas Morning News covered the research of an SMU-led team of seismologists whose recent study found that large volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes near Azle, Texas, from late 2013 through spring 2014.
An SMU-led seismology team finds that high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes occurring near Azle, Texas, from late 2013 through spring 2014. The seismology team identified two intersecting faults, and developed a sophisticated 3D model to assess the changing fluid pressure within the rock formation.
Journalist Dylan Baddour covered the recent interim report about the research findings of Southern Methodist University's seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area. His Houston Chronicle report, "New data shows North Texas fault line," covered the preliminary findings.
WFAA Channel 8 reporters Byron Harris and Marjorie Owens covered the recent interim report about the research findings of Southern Methodist University's seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area. The Channel 8 report, "SMU study: Quakes shallow, concentrated at fault line," covered a briefing with the press on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
Science journalist Anna Kuchment covered a recent interim report on the research findings of SMU's seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area. Kuchment's Dallas Morning News article, "Remap of Dallas-area quakes shows fault closer to fracking wells than thought," covered a briefing with the press on Friday, Feb. 6, to explain progress on the team's earthquake research.
SMU analysis of recent North Texas earthquake sequence reveals geologic fault, epicenters in Irving and West Dallas
Initial results from the seismology team at Southern Methodist University reveal that a recent series of earthquakes near old Texas Stadium in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were relatively shallow and concentrated along a narrow two-mile line that indicates a fault extending from Irving into West Dallas. SMU and the United States Geological Survey have shared an interim report with the mayors of Dallas and Irving.
SMU’s seismology team will deploy 22 more seismographs in the Irving area over the next few days to better understand the series of earthquakes that United States Geological Survey (USGS) data indicates are occurring on or near the site of the old Texas Stadium. The SMU scientists stress that learning more about this recent series of earthquakes will be an incremental process.
SMU seismologist Brian Stump has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Stump, Albritton Chair of Geological Sciences in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College, is the fifth professor at SMU recognized as an AAAS Fellow.
Journalist Jehadu Abshiro of the SMU Daily Campus covered the research of SMU seismologist Heather R. DeShon. DeShon is leading the effort to trace the source of a recent sequence of small earthquakes in North Texas and any relationship they may have to the injection of waste water by energy companies using shale gas production to recover gas.