Geologists are exploring the connection between fracking and the frequent earthquakes occuring in Arkansas over the past few years. Scott Ausbrooks, a geohazards supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, has stated that there are two possible explanations- either the earthquakes could be part of a naturally occuring swarm of earthquakes or they are related to the natural gas exploration in Arkansas. Geologists think that the production wells in the area are not actually responsible for the earthquakes; rather, they see a connection with the injection wells used to dispose of ‘frack’ water, mainly because the earthquakes have all been happening close to the injection wells. A moratorium was established in January on new injection wells in the area in order to study the connection between the wells and the earthquakes.
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