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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.


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1billdog1(1219 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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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3hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

The drilling companies are slowly pulling out anyway. Why not introduce regulation when it won't matter in the near future?

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4twentyonetwelve(98 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

(sigh) I don't know. I spoke with one of the anti-fracking people downtown a couple weeks ago. He was very polite and was telling me magnitude 6.5 quakes will be a regular thing in the valley. He was quoting high numbers on birth defects. The Mahoning river will be 100% void of life. He said even the water treatment plants would be unable to filter the water and the army would have to bring in fresh water on a regular basis. Not sure what to make of it. I certainly hope not. Seems a little far fetched to me. His sign was nice, though.

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5justanotherface(5 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week 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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