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Mon, Apr 15


Petroleum Club of Fort Worth

FWGS April Luncheon

Induced Seismicity in Texas and an Update on the Bureau of Economic Geology’s TexNet-CISR Project - Peter Hennings

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FWGS April Luncheon
FWGS April Luncheon

Time & Location

Apr 15, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Petroleum Club of Fort Worth, 777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA


Event Details

Time: 11:30 am Buffet, Noon Speaker Presentation

RSVP online by Friday, April 12th at noon on the FWGS website

Cost: $27 with RSVP, $30 with no RSVP, student members eat free with RSVP (Student Members please directly email the FWGS Secretary to RSVP).

Reminder: FWGS is charged for all RSVP's, so if you RSVP and do not attend you will be contacted concerning payment.

Speaker: Peter Hennings


The TexNet Earthquake Monitoring Network and its partner dense seismic networks are now providing detailed information on seismicity in Texas. Areas of active seismicity include the Delaware Basin, Midland Basin, Scurry Co, Texas Panhandle, Fort Worth Basin, East Texas Basin, and the Eagle Ford operating area. Each of these areas has unique geologic and operating histories that need to be considered when assessing seismicity at the local to regional scale - the earthquake habitat. What are the similarities and differences in the habitats of these areas? Each area has a unique stress state, fault architecture, fluid pressure regime, tectonic history, operational history, and earthquake sequence history. Some areas appear to have mainly induced seismicity, some have mainly naturally-caused events, and others have a mix. Comparing the geology of these areas to each other provides insight into the specific characteristics that may be important to understanding earthquake cause and to defining the scope of steps required to reduce the hazard where possible.


Dr. Peter Hennings is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology where he is Principal Investigator in the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research and a Lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Peter retired after 25 years in the petroleum industry where he worked as a research scientist (Mobil Oil and Phillips Petroleum) and technical manager (ConocoPhillips). Peter received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas. Peter’s technical specialties include structural geology, seismic structural analysis, reservoir geomechanics, induced seismicity, and geology of Texas and the Rocky Mountains. Peter is an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, GSA Fellow, and a founder of the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division.


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