Coalbed methane drilling could be cause of quake

Coalbed methane drilling could be cause of quake by Bobby Magill, The Taos News, May 5-11, 2005
Many quakes in the region have been clustered around coalbed methane development, said Alan Sanford, New Mexico Tech emeritus professor of seismology. …“It is my understanding that they are injecting fluids into the ground which can generate earthquakes,” Aster said. Coalbed methane drilling on the Vermejo Park Ranch involves fracturing an underground coal seam to allow methane to escape to the surface. … “CBM development is like playing Russian roulette,”

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