Friday, January 22, 2010

Energy Department to Impose New Safety Regulations on Geothermal Drilling to Address Concerns About Induced Earthquakes

Pop quiz question of the day. Do companies have the capacity to induce and cause localized earthquakes? Yes or no. Take your time and think about it for a second.

Are you done? If you said yes, then you win the no-prize.
Why is the answer yes?

According to recent news, “The US Department of Energy (DoE) is to impose new safety regulations on geothermal energy projects designed to address fears that drilling deep holes in order to access energy released by so-called hot rocks could increase local earthquake risks.

If earthquakes can be caused by deep drilling, then what would stop a person who wants to cause a localized earthquake from simply deep drilling in the desired location?

Source: ThinkGeoEnergy

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