Ohio regulators link fracking to earthquakes

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Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:52 AM by Julie Carr Smyth
Updated: Apr 11, 2014 11:53 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: ohio, fracking, hydraulic, earthquake, fracturing, state, regulators

COLUMBUS - Regulators in Ohio say they have liked earthquake activity in the eastern part of the state to hydraulic fracturing.

State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers says the state has halted drilling indefinitely at a site near Youngstown where five minor tremors occurred in March. It follows an investigation finding a probable link to fracking.

A deep-injection well for fracking wastewater was tied to earthquakes in the region in 2012.

Simmers says Ohio will require sensitive seismic monitoring as a condition of all new drilling permits within three miles of a known fault or existing seismic activity. Any tremor of 1.0 magnitude will call for drilling to pause for evaluation.

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