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Arkansas and Fracking

The majority of Arkansas’ fracking occurs in the Fayetteville shale, a rural region that has been transformed into a busy industrial zone with its fracking boom. From 2005–2012, close to 5,000 wells were fracked.

In recent years, Arkansas has been plagued with earthquakes, and multiple studies have linked them to fracking wastewater disposal.

In 2011, the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission deemed a 1,150-square-mile segment of the Fayetteville shale off-limits for waste disposal in response to the seismic activity. The following year, the commission adopted rules requiring drillers to provide information on the geology of their well sites and to drill wells away from known fault lines.

The Fracked Fact Quiz

How many earthquakes occurred in Arkansas between 2010 and 2011?
Less than 50
Around 200
More than 1,000
Between 2010 and 2011, there were more than 1,000 earthquakes in Arkansas. Scientists believe the earthquakes are linked to the extensive fracking occurring in the state. In February 2011, a magnitude 4.7 quake struck—the largest seismic event in 35 years.

Did You Know?

A report by the Environmental Integrity Project, released in 2014, found that Arkansas has 168 fracking sites that have illegally injected diesel fuel into the ground while fracking, which violates the Clean Water Act.

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The Fraccidents Map:

High profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's oil and gas drilling boom have occurred in and around Arkansas. Click on each Fraccident icon. fraccident to learn more:

Fracking Across The United States: