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The mission of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity is to conduct fundamental research on the physical processes responsible for induced and triggered seismicity, to carry out intensive case studies and to develop a scientifically-based framework for seismic risk assessment and risk management.

The Stanford Center for Induced Seismicity is a new industrial affiliates program on the topic of induced and triggered earthquakes, co-directed by Professors Mark Zoback and Greg Beroza (Geophysics) and Associate Professor Jack Baker (Civil and Environmental Engineering).

The motivation for establishing this new program is to take advantage of the unique expertise at Stanford to address the variety of scientific and operational issues associated with the managing the risk posed by induced and triggered earthquakes. As recognized by the recent report of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, incidents of induced and triggered earthquakes associated with energy industries have become increasingly common in the past few years. Much of the recent concern involves activities related to fluid injection and hydraulic fracturing but there continues to be concern about geothermal energy development, injection of carbon dioxide, wastewater disposal, fluid extraction and mining activities.

In this context, we propose to establish an industrial affiliates program to help companies develop:

  • a better understanding of the science of induced and triggered earthquakes associated with different types of activities
  • a context-specific consensus risk management framework
  • consensus risk management tool kits

The public needs assurance that energy and mining related activities do not pose undue risk of injury or property damage, that risk is being effectively managed by the industry and monitored by regulatory authorities and that information about potential risks of proposed activities are accurately being represented.

The types of activities to be studied include induced and triggered seismicity associated with

  • waste water injection
  • hydraulic fracturing stimulation
  • mining activities
  • geothermal energy production
  • secondary recovery
  • production and depletion

Current Members:

  • BAKER HUGHES
  • BHP BILLITON
  • BP AMERICA PRODUCTION CO.
  • CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP.
  • CHEVRON CORP.
  • CONOCO PHILLIPS
  • CONTINENTAL RESOURCES
  • DEVON ENERGY
  • ENCANA CORP.
  • EXXON MOBIL CORP.
  • GULFPORT
  • HALLIBURTON CORP.
  • HESS CORP.
  • LAREDO PETROLEUM
  • MARATHON OIL CORP.
  • NEWFIELD EXPLORATION
  • NEXEN ENERGY
  • PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES
  • SANDRIDGE ENERGY
  • SCHLUMBERGER
  • SHELL INT. EXPL.