Monday, March 7, 2011

Will "fracking" halt in Arkansas have any effect on Eagle Ford Shale activities

It appears that some problems have resulted from the process of "fracking" in Arkansas. There is a possibility that the relatively new oil & gas drilling procedure is responsible for a series of recent earthquakes in the razorback state. Not being an expert on oil & gas exploration, I couldn't help but wonder if this might eventually impact the "fracking" activity in South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale region.

From The Huffington Post

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Two natural gas companies have agreed to temporarily suspend use of injection wells in central Arkansas where earthquakes keep occurring.

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating of Little Rock told the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission on Friday that they've stopped operation of the wells near Greenbrier and Guy pending the panel's next regular meeting on March 29. Clarita's parent company is True Energy Services of Ada, Oklahoma.

The commission says there is likely a link between the wells and the earthquakes. There have been more than 800 quakes in the area in the past six months and a magnitude 4.7 quake – the strongest in Arkansas in 35 years – hit there Sunday. The high-pressure wells are used to dispose of waste water from natural gas drilling.


  1. Isn't this the same reason there was an earthquake in Alice, Texas?? I wrote about the earthquake but I think I read it was because of the drilling.


  3. Well I think "fracking" is a specialized form of drilling where they fracture certain types of rock to get to the oil below. Alice- that's toooo close.

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