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ODNR sets tougher standards, links Poland quakes to fracking

Published: Fri, April 11, 2014 @ 12:29 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators for the first time have linked earthquake activity in eastern Ohio to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing unsuccessfully for a drilling ban.

State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers told The Associated Press on Friday that the state has halted drilling indefinitely at the site near Youngstown where five minor tremors occurred in March following investigative findings of a probable link to fracking.

A deep-injection well for fracking wastewater was tied to earthquakes in the region in 2012.

Simmers says Ohio will require sensitive seismic monitoring as a condition of all new drilling permits within three miles of a known fault or existing seismic activity of 2.0 or greater. Drilling will pause for evaluation with any tremor of 1.0 magnitude and will be halted if a link is found.


1billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I guess this is a minor win for the people that are opposed to fracking.

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2James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Agreed billdog- it's a minor win. Because the people who own this country have slammed their iron fist down and will continue to frack this land of theirs (not ours but theirs) no matter if fracking causes earthquakes (and water contamination...)

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3justanotherface(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I dont see why people are fighting over this. Fracking is going to save us.. the USA a lot of money if we can supply our OWN natural gas, instead of PAYING other COUNTRIES for it.

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