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Addressing the risks of induced seismicity in subsurface energy operations

Porter, RTJ; Striolo, A; Mahgerefteh, H; Faure Walker, J; (2018) Addressing the risks of induced seismicity in subsurface energy operations. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment , Article e324. 10.1002/wene.324. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

WIREs Energy and Environment published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Shale gas could help address the insatiable global demand for energy. However, in addition to risks of environmental pollution, the risk of induced seismicity during the hydraulic fracturing process is often considered as the major showstopper in the public acceptability of shale gas as an alternative source of fossil fuel. Other types of subsurface energy development have also demonstrated similar induced seismicity risks. This article presents an interdisciplinary review of notable cases of suspected induced seismicity relating to subsurface energy operations, covering operations for hydraulic fracturing, wastewater injection, conventional gas extraction, enhanced geothermal systems and water impoundment. Possible causal mechanisms of induced seismicity are described and illustrated, then methods to mitigate induced seismicity, encompassing regulations, including so-called traffic light systems, monitoring and assessment, and numerical modeling approaches for predicting the occurrence of induced seismicity are outlined. Issues relating to public perception of energy technologies in regards to induced seismicity potential are also discussed. This article is categorized under: Photovoltaics > Climate and Environment Fossil Fuels > Climate and Environment Energy Infrastructure > Economics and Policy Energy and Development > Systems and Infrastructure.

Type: Article
Title: Addressing the risks of induced seismicity in subsurface energy operations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/wene.324
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/wene.324
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 The Authors.WIREs Energy and Environmentpublished by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution andreproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Keywords: hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, reservoir injection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Chemical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056750
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