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Quake study by Youngstown well operator stymied



Published: Fri, April 27, 2012 @ 12:17 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — The operator of a Youngstown deep-injection well tied to a dozen earthquakes in the area has yet to receive the state clearance necessary to begin an independent seismic study aimed at re-opening the well.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show D&L Energy sought state permission in February to study vibrations at the North Star-1 well. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has yet to respond.

D&L closed the well after a New Year’s Eve quake reached 4.0 magnitude. A state moratorium on deep-injection drilling near the site has halted regional disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and other drilling activity.

A March 9 state report tied the well to the quakes. D&L wants the chance to disprove that finding.


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1JoeFromHubbard(1119 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

> > The operator of a deep-injection well has yet to receive the state clearance to begin an independent seismic study aimed at re-opening the well. < <

This should come as no surprise and expect the state to continue to deploy delaying tactics. Unfortunate, but means to circumvent the problem will be found because there is simply too much at stake.

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2DwightK(1300 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This guy's well shook our homes. I don't understand why anyone would let him operate it again.

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3Silence_Dogood(1384 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Its only been two months give them a chance, heck their coffee breaks are at least a month long with that department.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1119 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

> > their coffee breaks are at least a month long with that department. < <

My tax dollars are funding a month long coffee break ?

I sure hope that doesn't occur on a monthly basis.

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