About the Workshop
Induced seismicity from the injection of fluids into the earth remains a significant concern for oilfield activities such as saltwater disposal and hydraulic fracturing operations. The number of induced earthquakes occurring in the oil and gas producing regions of the Central United States and Western Canada has been declining over the past few years, highlighting the successful implementation of improved regulations and effective operational practices. However, technical engineering and geoscience challenges remain. Characterizing the local seismogenic potential and maximum potential magnitude remains elusive and therefore mitigation strategies continue to be reactive as unknown faults are unexpectedly activated during operations. Accurately predicting ground motions of induced earthquakes is also required for both seismic risk and to understand when small magnitude earthquakes will be felt. Most critically, the impressive scientific advancements that have been made with this issue need to be clearly and transparently communicated to the public at large.
With the heightened public and broadening regulatory interest in this issue, it is important that geoscientists and engineers begin to establish best practices for characterizing seismic hazard and implementing risk mitigation protocols. This technical workshop is fifth in an ongoing series and provides a unique forum bringing together regulators, academics and industry to discuss the current state-of-the-art. The workshop aims to provide the geological, seismological, and engineering framework to reservoir and completion engineers and geoscientists involved in injection activities and designing or conducting injection operations.