Fracking Induced Earthquakes

A comparative thesis on the production of oil/natural gas & earthquake frequency

The largest oil producing region in the United States is Texas’ Permian Basin. For several years now this region of Texas that reaches into Southeastern New Mexico has been the epicenter of the U.S. energy rally that has led us to being the number 1 oil producing country on the planet. Given the growth of oil production and fracking for natural gas in this region I decided to run an analysis to see if the frequency of Earthquakes in this region also increased over the same timespan. To do so, I used R as well as the USGS Earthquake API and chronicled my findings in a blog post.