Reactivated Faulting near Cushing, Oklahoma: Increased Potential for a Triggered Earthquake in an Area of United States Strategic Infrastructure

Geophysical Research Letters (Published online Oct. 8, 2015; doi:10.1002/2015GL064669) / by D. E. McNamara, et al.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL064669/epdf

[Bloomberg Business] Even though it is home to fewer than 10,000 people, Cushing is the largest commercial oil storage hub in North America, second only in size to the U.S. government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The small town’s giant tanks, some big enough to fit a Boeing 747 jet inside, were filled with around 10 million barrels of crude at the time, an obvious target for someone looking to disrupt America’s economy and energy supply…

After the shale boom added millions of additional barrels to Cushing, its tanks swelled to a peak hoard of more than 60 million barrels this spring. That’s about as much petroleum as the U.S. uses in three days…

Scientists at the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado recently published a paper (PDF) raising concerns that the welter of moderate-sized earthquakes around Cushing could increase the risk of larger quakes in the future…

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