Does drilling for oil and gasoline cause Earthquakes?

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Yes it can. Removing the oil and gas creates cavities in the rock, and if the rock around that cavity collapses and moves, then it creates earthquakes. Earthquakes happen when the ground moves.  When people sitting in the stands of the football stadium in Seattle started stomping their feet several years ago, it created a small earthquake. The giant meteor the size of Mt. Everest that struck the earth 65 million years ago also created big earthquakes in India. The area is now known as the Deccan Traps.

  • David
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    In Oklahoma recently, it had nothing to do with drilling or fracking as most laymen assume.

    All oil and gas wells produce waste water (brine) that must be stored and hauled away and expensive to dispose of unless you own a salt water disposal well. 

    The outbreak of earthquakes in Oklahoma were the result of stopping the water injection into several salt water injection wells along fault lines undiscovered before. Grease the San Andreas Fault, or inject water into it, and see what happens.

    Researchers already have concluded that Oklahoma's earthquakes are triggered by the injection of wastewater produced by oil and gas operations into disposal wells that target the Arbuckle formation deep underground.

  • 8 months ago

    The act of drilling seldom causes an earthquake but the type of drilling and the geology can lead to minor quakes and not major ones. 

    In some cases, again depending on the geology, subsequent operations such as fracking can cause minor earth quakes. 

  • 8 months ago

    It usually usnt the drilling per se that triggers earthquakes, al though that is technically possible

    It is injecting water, under high pressure to intentionally fracture rocks that increases the stresses and strains on rocks that triggers earth quakes. Sinc ce Oklahoma has stopped fracking in many areas, it had now been over 3 Yeats since the Richter scale 6.8 earthquake on September 3, 3016. O felt that one more than 60 miles away in Norman, OK

    Yes, earthquakes can be triggered by humans. . The Oklahoma Geological Survey denied it for Yeats, but the data is overwhelmingly consistent for over 20 years. Oklahoma has more usually minor earthquakes than California has for the lat 10 years or longer.

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  • 8 months ago

    Hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking) is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid. The process involves the high-pressure injection of 'fracking fluid' (primarily water, containing sand or other proppants suspended with the aid of thickening agents) into a wellbore to create cracks in the deep-rock formations through which natural gas, petroleum, and brine will flow more freely. Hydraulic fracturing has been sometimes linked to induced seismicity or earthquakes. The magnitude of these events is usually too small to be detected at the surface, although tremors attributed to fluid injection into disposal wells have been large enough to have often been felt by people, and to have caused property damage and possibly injuries. A U.S. Geological Survey reported that up to 7.9 million people in several states have a similar earthquake risk to that of California with hydraulic fracturing and similar practices being a prime contributing factor.

  • 8 months ago

    Any kind of drilling can cause eath movements - you probably wouldn't call them earthquakes in the sense of shaking the house down.

    Over here in Germany, we have a few cases where drilling for geothermal sources induced some significant building damage: the drill perforated both a water conducting layer and an anhydrite (kind of gypsum) layer, and wasn't sealed off well enough. When the water came into contact with the anhydrite layer, the latter expanded, which caused some movement in the surrounding earth, which in turn produced some expensive cracks in the houses build on it.

    We'll still have to see how that will turn out in the case of the new Stuttgart train station, where those three components - digging, water and an anhydrite layer - will also be in close proximity...

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The drilling itself doesn't, but the removal of the crude oil or natural gas does. The Dutch province of Groningen has earthquakes because of natural-gas (mostly methane) extraction.

    Nobody drills for gasoline. Gasoline is just one of the many products of refining/destilling crude-oil

  • 8 months ago

    It can but does not have to.  It is not the drilling that causes the earth movements, though, it is what the drilling does to pressure regimes (via release of fluids or injection of fluids).

  • 8 months ago

    No but when we drill the vibration occur that we feel like earthquake.

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