Induced seismicity from fracking and carbon storage is focus of study and hearing

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Hydraulic fracturing to recover shale gas does not pose a high risk for inducing felt seismic events, as the method is currently implemented, according to a 15 June report by the U.S. National Research Council (NRC). However, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to induce larger seismic events because of the large net volume of injected fluids involved in that process, according to the report. Scientists testifying at a 19 June hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources said they largely agreed with the report's findings. Neither the report nor the hearing focused on potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly known as fracking.

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