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Kasich said state officials continue reviewing earthquake date

Published: Sat, March 15, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

ODNR looking at seismic information to pinpoint potential causes

poland township

By Marc Kovac



Gov. John Kasich said state officials are continuing to review data related to a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area to determine if fracking is to blame.

“They’re analyzing data,” he said. “As soon as we have all the data, we’ll be able to make a decision about what we need to do. At this point, we’ve taken precautions.”

He added, “We’ll see. We just stay calm in all this and work as quickly as we can to figure out if the problem was caused by drilling. If it’s something else, we’ll know and we’ll take appropriate action.”

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded five earthquakes over the past week in Poland Township, ranging in magnitude from 2.1 to 3.

The Vindicator earlier reported that Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory registered additional seismic activity in the area, bringing the total number of quakes since the beginning of the month to 11.

In response, ODNR ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to cease its drilling activities in the vicinity of the epicenter. And ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce said Friday the state agency continues to review seismic data to pinpoint potential causes.

“Hilcorp’s stimulation operations on one pad have been suspended until further notice,” Bruce said in a released statement. “We are focused on gathering and analyzing all available data including seismic information and company logs such as drilling, stimulation and completion logs. ... The prudent action moving forward is to allow ODNR to complete our review then take any appropriate next steps.”

Kasich concurred on the measured approach, telling reporters after an appearance at a western Ohio manufacturing plant, “We’ve got to determine what the cause is. We’ve gone through this before. We found that there was probably some drilling on a fault the last time. We took appropriate action. We’ll do the same thing now.”

He added, “We know this industry is critical to us,” he said. “It’s creating a lot of wealth and significant jobs, so we don’t want to overreact, but we’re not going to underreact, because I believe you can have very, very strong environmental protections and still have an industry that’s going to be very positive for the state.”


1dontbeafool(2094 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

In other words, we will wait a little bit, and then drill on.

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2James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Kasich is a frackaholic. Because his boss at Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, is leading the charge in fracking up the entire world and not only in the US ( Occupied Golan Heights is a good example). Old Rupert along with Dick Cheney are primaries with "Genie Energy"- who are main frackers in the Mid-East AND the USA. So both Democrats and Republicans are in the fracking business. And remember all of our politicians, Dems and Reps alike, have DICTATED to us here and elsewhere across this nation that the gas WILL BE EXPORTED and will not be used here.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1807 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I often wonder what all of these fracophobic wimps would do if this country faced a situation like another world war that demanded all out production of war materiel ?

Tell the enemy to wait while we make sure production is environmentally responsible?

Thank god these attitudes did not prevail during WW ll.

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476Ytown(1367 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

As long as the world remains dependent on fossil fuels without finding solutions we jeopardize the quality of life for future generations.

Horizontal hydraulic fracturing is a short term solution that comes with a high cost. In 20 - 30 years when this source is depleted, will we look back in shock of what we paid for a quick buck.

Water is a finite resource. Chemicals, many which are undisclosed affect our health now and in our children. We are all connected, underground is not one solid mass. There are lakes, rivers, streams, fissures, and faults. Earthquakes can be felt for miles and miles with each jolt affecting everything along its way in small or big ways. Isaac Newton's 3rd law of motion: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting the different results. Albert Einstein

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5Exaurdon(11 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

As long as he's reviewing the date, maybe he should look at some data too.

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6JoeFromHubbard(1807 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

>> Water is a finite resource <<

You could have fooled me.

Let me know when we hit "peak water," like the peak oil theory, so I can save a few buckets.

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776Ytown(1367 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Ha Ha! JoeFromHubbard: I should have said freshwater which is what life needs to survive.

Only 1% of earth's water supply is suitable for drinking water. The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.

Water from fracking can never be returned to the watershed.

Contaminated water sent to water treatment plants that discharge into our lakes and streams further pollutes our water.

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8HappyBob(360 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

You might be interested in the discussion about radioactive filters.

Google Noonan ND where well operators are dumping these filters (illegally) where ever they can.

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976Ytown(1367 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

HappyBob: Good link. We're dealing with radiation here people. Exposure is cumulative and consequences are serious! Is this the best we as a society can come up with?

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