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Did a brine-injection well really cause the New Year's Eve quake?

Published: Wed, January 11, 2012 @ 8:20 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — State environmental regulators say they are still trying to determine whether a brine-injection well conclusively triggered 11 Mahoning Valley earthquakes.

At a Youngstown City Council Public Utilities Committee meeting tonight at the Covelli Centre, representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the governing authority of injection wells statewide, said it is likely the D&L Energy Inc. injection well on Ohio Works Drive caused the earthquakes, including a 4.0 magnitude trembler on New Year’s Eve.

“The evidence is mounting that this series of events was caused by the well,” said Larry Wickstrom, state geologist.

The state, however, is still awaiting more data from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Seismic Network, owners of four seismographs in the Youngstown area.

That data will allow state officials to take a better look at the depth, magnitude and location of the New Year’s Eve quake, which was felt from Indiana to Buffalo, N.Y.

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1Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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2Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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3NoBS(2829 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Do you mean "temblor" perhaps??

No, it's not nit-picking. People who call themselves professionals and who use words to make their living ought to use them correctly. They should be held to a higher standard just as professional drivers are, and anyone of any other profession, within their profession.

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4NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hmmm, stop the well and the earthquakes stop. And the epicenter of the big one was a little over a football field away from the well.

Do you need an IQ of what, 40, to realize that it's more than a coincidence? The ignorance of those who don't think it was caused by the well is truly scary.

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