Ohio finds link between fracking and sudden burst of earthquakes State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.
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Hydraulic Fracturing ODNR has acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month near Youngstown.

State plan for earthquake monitoring worries drilling industry

YOUNGSTOWN — “Late last week, ODNR  acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month in Mahoning County, near Youngstown. ODNR is strengthening drilling permits in response, concluding there was ‘a probable connection to hydraulic fracturing near a previously unknown microfault.’ Previously, injection wells used to […]

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ODNR has acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month near Youngstown.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

State plan for earthquake monitoring worries drilling industry

YOUNGSTOWN — “Late last week, ODNR  acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month in Mahoning County, near Youngstown. ODNR is strengthening drilling permits in response, concluding there was ‘a probable connection to hydraulic fracturing near a previously unknown microfault.’ Previously, injection wells used to […]

Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation
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Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation

NEW CASTLE, PA — “Although Ohio recently changed its drilling permit rules over concerns hydraulic fracturing caused recent earthquake activity there, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not planning on changing its rules at this time, according to the New Castle News. The DEP did not respond to a […]

Group kicks off listening project in Carroll, Columbiana counties
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Group kicks off listening project in Carroll, Columbiana counties

From the Communities United for a Responsible Environment today: Communities United for a Responsible Environment and partners will survey 1,500 Columbiana and Carroll County residents for ‘Listening Project’ COLUMBIANA — “Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE), FracTracker Alliance, The Ohio Environmental Council, the Laborers International Union Locals 809 and 1015 […]

North Dakota wells may produce 27 tons a day of filter socks alone, Scott Radig, director of the North Dakota Health Department’s Division of Waste Management said, citing a private hauler’s estimate. While most material is handled properly, it’s 'clearly not enough. There is definitely some illegal dumping going on.' Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg
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Radioactive waste booms with oil as U.S. states weigh rules

BISMARCK, ND — “Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take. State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and the industry, […]

Earth Day forum on fracking
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Earth Day forum on fracking

CINCINNATI — Local researchers and activists will share the latest data on potential environmental and public health impacts of unconventional shale drilling, or fracking. The event, sponsored by Food & Water Watch and the Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum, takes place April 22, in the Huenfeld Tower Room of the Downtown […]

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Renewables make up majority of planned new US generating capacity

WASHINGTON, DC — “A confluence of factors including modest growth in power demand, the rise of distributed generation, upcoming coal unit retirements, more renewables entering the grid and increased gas generation is impacting the U.S. power sector, leading to questions about what the future makeup of the power generation fleet […]

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CLEVELAND — “Ohio State University research shows that SB 221 lowered Ohio utility bills by 1.4 percent, created 3,200 jobs, and stimulated $160 million in economic activity that contributed to the state’s GDP. Commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEEO), the study deflates arguments from opponents of Ohio’s RPS […]

State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Ohio finds link between fracking and sudden burst of earthquakes

COLUMBUS — “They ‘believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,’ the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement about the Poland, Ohio, operation. The new rules require companies to install […]

Zeller: No recovery in Mahoning Valley
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Zeller: No recovery in Mahoning Valley

SALEM — “‘There are a lot of people going around saying phony things about this recovery,’ Cleveland Economist George Zeller said, ‘we are (recovering) but not in the Mahoning Valley and not fast enough statewide.’ Ohio gained 5,538 manufacturing jobs during the second quarter of 2013, but that rate is far […]

ODNR finds “probable connection” between fracking and earthquakes
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ODNR finds “probable connection” between fracking and earthquakes

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans issued a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing within a three mile radius of last month’s earthquakes in Poland Township. In early March, several tremors were reported in the area of gas wells near the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland. Five earthquakes were measured […]