Ohio stiffens regulations after concluding that fracking caused earthquakes


Raw Story is carrying the article, Ohio stiffens regulations after concluding that fracking caused earthquakes.

Ohio state regulators announced tough new regulations on Friday after concluding that the injection of wastewater underground as part of the controversial gas-drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” had almost certainly caused a dozen earthquakes near one well.

This story was published Friday, March 9, 2012.  I scooped them by more than a year with my previous post EPA to natural gas companies: Give details on ‘fracking’ chemicals published on December 30, 2010.

I added the following to the article about the EPA:

To add to the worries enumerated in the above story, I recall the troubles that came to light many years ago in Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado. There was a sudden rise in minor earthquakes that was attributed to the pumping of industrial waste into underground storage. The threat was so serious that such pumping was halted. I’m off to track down the story of the earthquake in Indiana, Indiana earthquake strikes in rare location, to see if it is near any natural gas wells that have been subject to fracking

After writing the above paragraph, I did the research and added the results to the end of that post.

That link above to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal showed that the U. S. Army knew about this hazard in 1966.  Why should it be a surprise to Ohio almost 50 years later?

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