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  • Monitoring Gas Emissions from Volcanoes to Predict Volcanic Activity

    To understand and predict the behaviour of volcanoes an increasing number of scientists are combining geological monitoring and geochemical models. By measuring and monitoring the prevalence of gases like CO2, scientists hope to be able to better predict the likelihood of volcanic eruptions. ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Lab Impex confirms CAM performance under seismic conditions

    Laboratory Impex Systems in alliance with qualification test experts Trac ,recently performed a further qualification procedure on their SmartCAM AB+ (Continuous Air Monitor) to demonstrate its physical integrity and functionality when subjected to simulated Seismic conditions. The Testing was carried out at the highly regarded Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, Bristol University. The ...

  • Update from the Field: Early Summer Activities

    AltaRock staff have been busy planning and organizing for the summer field season, testing field equipment and getting the Newberry EGS Demonstration site ready to roll. Welcome to new staff: AltaRock Energy recently welcomed Todd Kjellesvik, Project Facilitator, to the Newberry EGS Demonstration. Todd will be working in the field and from the Bend office to keep the Newberry field activities ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • Screening tool developed to assess seismic risks from geothermal energy projects

    A new screening tool to assess the potential seismic risks (earthquake activity) from deep geothermal energy projects has been outlined in a recent study. The tool provides categories of seismicity risk for projects, which are dependent on factors including geological aspects, as well as social concern and location in relation to urban areas. The development of a range of low-carbon technologies ...

  • Monitoring CO2 storage in Australian gas field

    Australia has launched the first carbon sequestration project in the southern hemisphere with the help of technology developed by researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Otway Basin Pilot Project will inject and monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) in a depleted gas field in south-eastern Australia to demonstrate the feasibility of storing the greenhouse gas in the Waarre Formation of the ...

  • Underground wastewater disposal in the US linked to increase in earthquakes

    The number of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in the central and eastern US has increased significantly in recent years, from about 21 a year between 1967 and 2000, to over 300 between 2010 and 2012. Most of this increase seems to be linked to the deep injection of wastewater in underground wells, according to a recent review of seismic activity. In addition to natural causes, earthquakes ...


    By European Commission

  • Comments sought on recommendations from independent experts on shale gas and fracking

    DECC will today publish an independent expert report  recommending measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic fracturing - and is inviting public comment on its recommendations. An effective monitoring system and a traffic light control regime are among measures recommended by the report, which has reviewed a series of studies commissioned by Cuadrilla, and confirms ...

  • Preventing Human-Caused Earthquakes

    While the earthquake that rumbled below Colorado’s eastern plains May 31, 2014, did no major damage, its occurrence surprised both Greeley residents and local seismologists. To some Greeley residents, the magnitude 3.2 earthquake felt like a large truck hitting the house. The earthquake happened in an area that had seen no seismic activity in at least four decades, according to ...

  • U.K. to resume fracking for shale gas - new controls set

    British Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls to mitigate the risks of seismic activity. Shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK, said ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • First research links California quakes to oil operations

    A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California and two French universities published their findings Thursday in ...


    By Associated Press

  • New controls announced for shale gas exploration in the UK

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey today announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls to mitigate the risks of seismic activity. Mr Davey said: “Shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK. It could contribute significantly to our energy security, reducing our reliance on ...

  • Oklahoma earthquake rattles major oil hub

    A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled a major oil trading hub in Oklahoma earlier this week, damaging several buildings and forcing officials to rethink policy regarding oil and gas wastewater disposal wells, which have been blamed for a significant rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past several years. The quake epicenter was about a mile west of Cushing, which is home to the largest ...

  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest. A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water ...


    By Associated Press

  • Grand Challenges: Request for Information on the Subsurface

    Subsurface reservoirs account for more than 80% of U.S. primary energy, and they offer vast potential for the storage of energy, CO2, and nuclear waste. Despite decades of development, current technologies do not allow full utilization of subsurface energy resources. Major advances in our understanding of the subsurface environment coupled with the identification and development of potential ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

    A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County ...


    By Associated Press

  • Update from the Field: Well Logging Completed!

    It’s been a busy few weeks at the Newberry EGS Demonstration field site, and we’re happy to report that we’ve completed both the injectivity test and well logging activities. Over the next few weeks we’ll be carrying out an additional seismic study, continuing our groundwater monitoring program and buttoning up the site for the winter months ahead. While we’re still ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • Summer field work set to begin!

    We’ve been busy here at AltaRock preparing for additional testing of the EGS well, which is scheduled to begin the last week of August. We’ve been lining up contractors, cranes, well-bore evaluation equipment, and crew for the operations. Compared to our field activities last summer and fall, the field work planned for 2013 is short and sweet, but it is critical to keep the Newberry ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • EGS Participant Bio: Kyla Grasso

    Kyla Grasso joined the AltaRock Energy team as a Geologist in June, 2012, and since then has been actively involved with field work at the Newberry EGS project site. Background and Introduction to Geothermal Energy Kyla holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maine and a B.S. in Geology from Oregon State University. Her undergraduate thesis work involved ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • DoD awards remediation grant to Regenesis, URS and Berkeley Labs

    An $869,000 grant from the US Defense Department’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) was awarded to Regenesis, URS Corporation, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to evaluate the utility of geophysical imaging tools for investigating the performance of bioremedial soil amendments. Regenesis will administer the grant and will manage transfer of the technology, ...


    By Regenesis

  • Written Ministerial Statement by Edward Davey: Exploration for shale gas

    Edward Davey, Secretary of State for energy and climate change Shale gas development has been of increasing importance in the US for some years, but exploration has only just begun in the UK. The potential of producing shale gas from a suitable formation can only be established by fracturing the rock, and it happens that the fracturing of the first shale gas well in the UK, at Preese Hall ...

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