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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Research Fellow Isaac Orr and Research Fellow Bette Grande discuss earthquakes and their relationship with hydraulic fracturing. Grande also gives the listeners an inside look at the state of oil production in North Dakota as a result of low oil prices.
Anti-fracking groups are trumpeting a new study published in Nature Communications as a smoking gun proving hydraulic fracturing has been causing earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma. However, this is another case of these groups being just informed enough on the subject to be dangerous, because the increase in earthquakes in these two states is due to disposing of the wastewater generated during the hydraulic fracturing process, not the hydraulic fracturing process itself.