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State halts injection well permits



Published: Wed, January 18, 2012 @ 4:52 p.m.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it will not approve any additional brine-injection well permits until it completes an injection well report.

The report, which will include new depth regulations, is expected to be released in early February.

“Common sense dictates you should not approve applications when you have new standards on deck,” said Carlo Loparo, ODNR spokesman.

There are nine pending applications in the pipeline, Loparo said.

Though the injection well report is not yet complete, this is the fourth new regulation or restriction made by ODNR or Gov. John Kasich’s office in a week.

ODNR last week expanded its ban on brine-injection wells to within a seven-mile radius of a West Side well, near the epicenter of 11 earthquakes in 10 months.

On Monday, Kasich’s office confirmed injection wells, which accept brine, a salty, chemical byproduct of natural gas and oil fracking, will not be allowed to exceed 8,000 feet in depth.

On Tuesday, ODNR said injection wells can no longer be drilled into the Precambrian, or bedrock, formation, where injection wells could trigger seismic activity.


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1VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh my Gawd...what are all the drillers in Pennsylvania going to do now? This could actually shut down drilling in Pa.!

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Southside,
Youngstown had a 4.0 quake the day after the shutdown. Just because they stopped now, does not mean we will have no more quakes. ODNR and kasick work together in destroying Ohio.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

ODNR should not be doing the earthquake study. It's obvious from the many incidents across the country that deep brine injection wells cause earthquakes. Let an independent non-Big Gas & Oil and Politico Commission do the study. The fact that D&L will not appear on camera telling their lies about their processes says enough.

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