Facts About Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismic Activity
Hydraulic fracturing is an essential well completion technology for the development of unconventional resources, such as natural gas that is trapped in shale rock formations. It is used to create a fracture network through which oil and gas can migrate to the wellbore.
Hydraulic fracturing is accompanied by microseisms that can be recorded with sensitive listening devices and analyzed with established scientific methods. Microseismic mapping is used to understand and optimize field development of the resource, well completions, and stage treatments.