Ohio DNR Says Fracking Has Not Contaminated Any Water Supplies in the State
From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Its Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has investigated 183 water well complaints filed by Ohio landowners from 2010 through mid-October. .
A total of six water supplies were impacted by drilling over the nearly four-year period, said state spokesman Mark Bruce.
But all of those problems stemmed from old, vertical only wells, not today’s big horizontal wells that rely on fracking to free up natural gas, oil and other liquids from rocks deep underground, he said.
To date, Ohio has approved 927 horizontal wells in the Utica shale, of which 577 have been drilled, as of Oct. 12. A total of 164 Utica wells are in production. Thirty drilling rigs are in Ohio.
"None of the impacted water supplies were related to hydraulic fracturing or horizontal shale drilling," he said in an e-mail.