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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ohio Ordered to Let Company Begin Operating Injection Well Tied to 2014 Earthquakes

From The Columbus Dispatch:
The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge's ruling that the state's oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well in 2014 because of two small earthquakes nearby. 
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft ordered the state and well operator, American Water Management Services, to submit language for a judgment order to reopen the well in Trumbull County's Weathersfield Township, about 65 miles southeast of Cleveland. 
Cocroft's ruling last month said the state had the authority to shut down the well after earthquakes were detected below ground in July and August of 2014. But the ruling said the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management should have allowed American Water to resume operations after submitting a plan that called for pumping brine at lower pressures and volumes. At least 20 other small seismic events were recorded in 2014 near the well before it was closed. 
The ruling noted that American Water was operating within state guidelines when the shutdown order came.
State officials are looking at their options to push back against this ruling.  You can read the whole article by clicking here.

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