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

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.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


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