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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fracking Halted Near Earthquake That Occurred in Ohio on Sunday

From The Intelligencer:
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources halted fracking operations in the vicinity of the site of the 3.0 magnitude earthquake that took place near Woodsfield early Sunday. 
The U.S. Geological Survey and the Monroe County Board of Commissioners both said no damage was reported from the quake. Commissioner Carl Davis, who lives in Woodsfield, said he felt nothing. 
“I didn’t notice the quake, and I haven’t talked with anyone so far who has. There were no reports of any damage to the sheriff’s department,” Davis said. 
However, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Stephanie Leis said fracking operations near the earthquake site “were halted within an hour of the seismic occurrence.” 
“As is ODNR protocol in regards to seismic occurrences, operations were halted. Ohio has some of the most comprehensive seismic monitoring operations and requirements in the country, which helped detect this unfelt event, and ODNR seismologists quickly began investigating potential sources. The division continues to evaluate seismic data and completion operations in the area.
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