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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.


1VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months 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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2Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm going to say this again. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources must have a band of charlatans and quacks for geologists. The fact that Youngstown hasn't suffered any earthquakes since the shutdown of D&L's well is evidence enough for me that D&L was directly responsible for all of the earthquakes Youngstown suffered. What's more incredible is that ODNR is still considering allowing these types of waste wells to continue on with who knows what disastrous results. Don't mention all of the toxic crap these waste sites are putting into the earth. Do you honestly think it won't hit our ecosystem somewhere else? Charlatans and quacks! Those are the types of people ODNR has working for them and it is these same charlatans and quacks who are producing this report.

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3AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months 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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