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Ohio regulators link fracking to earthquakes

1 year ago April 11, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Friday, April 11 2014 Friday, April 11, 2014 10:52:05 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Julie Carr Smyth

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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