4.0 earthquake strikes Ohio - "related" to fracking


  (AP) — Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale. But Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said during a news teleconference that fracking is not causing the quakes.

"The seismic events are not a direct result of fracking," he said.

Environmentalists and property owners who live near gas drilling wells have questioned the safety of fracking to the environment and public health. Federal regulators have declared the technology safe, however.

Zehringer said four injection wells within a five-mile radius of an already shuttered well in Youngstown will remain inactive while further scientific research is conducted.

A 4.0 magnitude quake Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown, was the 11th in a series of minor earthquakes in area, many of which have struck near the Youngstown injection well. The quake caused no serious injuries or property damage, Zehringer said.


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Comment by truth on March 20, 2014 at 3:00pm

Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes Grows With Surge of Quakes in Ohio

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:02 PM

Consider this item from EcoWatch this week: “On Monday, Northeast Ohio experienced at least four earthquakes in Mahoning County, just south of Youngstown. Can anyone guess what was nearby? – A fracking site with seven drilling wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered the Texas based energy company, Hilcorp, to halt all fracking operations in the area.”

Also on Monday, a ClimateProgress article explored the idea that as fracking operations grow in Ohio, “so do earthquakes.”

Coincidence? It’s possible, but quite possibly not. Ohio is merely the latest place to make this connection: Other sightings on the fracking-earthquake circuit have occurred in the U.K., the Netherlands, British Columbia, East Texas, Oklahoma and even California.

Comment by Concerned Constitutionalist on March 14, 2012 at 6:07pm

I do find it hard to believe that these myriad of chemicals aren't causing problems?  But, we do need energy solutions and Wind and Solar are not the short-term solutions.  On the otherhand, I am not willing to go out on a limb here and undeniably defense fracturing.  Although, I am in favor of enrgy exploration and a free market system, I can't see this as anymore than a group wanting it THEIR way and taking offense to the idea that methane might get ahead of THEIR agenda.  I want whatever works best for America's energy needs and not just trade one greedy group for another greedy "Green" group with social engineering on their minds.  Round and round the circus goes where it stops nobody knows.

Comment by truth on March 13, 2012 at 10:38am

Ohio Government Confirms Earthquakes Caused by Fracking-Related Injection Wells

In addition to drinking water contamination, earthquakes can now be added to the harmful consequences of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, according to the Ohio state government. In fracking, energy companies use powerful pumps to force pressurized fluid into deep layers of rock, causing fractures, which allow the extraction of otherwise unavailable natural gas or oil. In a recently released report, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) concluded that a rash of 12 earthquakes in the Youngstown, Ohio, area between March and December 2011 was likely due to nearby fracking operations. Those temblors began just three months after fracking began, ranged from 2.1 to 4.0 magnitude and led ODNR to shut down the wells on December 30.


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Comment by Pamela Ida Prince on January 4, 2012 at 1:51am
There will be more of the same as fracking becomes wide spread. Drilling for coal gas has gone like a wild fire across Australia.
Comment by guest_blog on January 1, 2012 at 7:55pm
Comment by guest_blog on January 1, 2012 at 3:54pm

documentary Shows Water That Burns, Toxic Effects Of Natural Gas Drilling (VIDEO) http://12160.info/video/g-a-s-l-a-n-d


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