Devon has long supported the scientific community in examining possible links between oil and natural gas activity and seismic events.
Developing a scientific framework
Seismicity associated with oil and natural gas activities has emerged as an important phenomenon in recent years, and Devon shares our neighbors’ concerns. There is considerable research under way to study whether, and how, wastewater disposal wells and other activities relate to seismic activity. Devon has long supported the scientific community in examining possible links between oil and natural gas activity and seismic events.
Devon is an original member of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity, which was founded in 2013 to undertake fundamental research on the physical processes responsible for certain seismic activity. Stanford has taken the lead in developing a scientific framework for assessing the risk of earthquakes. Devon, among other things, has contributed data generated during our drilling and production activities to aid Stanford’s research into the stresses that exist in the earth’s crust.
Using three-dimensional imaging derived through oil and natural gas exploration activities, we have contributed information to the Oklahoma Geological Survey to advance efforts by state geologists to map previously undocumented faults. Devon also has supported directives and other work by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to address seismicity, which have corresponded with a significant reduction in seismic activity in Oklahoma.
We continue to monitor and support the ongoing research to better understand the causes of seismic activity, as well as potential mitigation steps.