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Earthquakes unsettle China’s shale gas sector

Deadly earthquakes in China’s shale gas development heartland last week could set back production and public perception of the unconventional fuel Deadly earthquakes in China’s shale gas development heartland last week could set back production and public perception of the unconventional fuel.
By Colin Shek 4 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production 0 33999
A flare from the Jiaoye 8-2HF well at the Fuling field. (Sinopec)

China’s shale gas sector suffered a setback last week as local residents blamed fracking for three earthquakes in two days in Sichuan province that killed two people and left a dozen injured.

Three earthquakes struck Rongxian county, located about 170 km south of Sichuan’s provincial capital of Chengdu, in late February, with local magnitudes of 4.3-4.9, according to the county government. In total, more than 13,000 people were affected with economic losses amounting to RMB 13.99 million ($2.06 million). All fracking operations had...