Group challenges Ohio earthquake assurances

A concerned citizens’ group in a northeast Ohio region where earthquakes have been tied to fracking says it won’t take the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines adequately address public safety.
Associated Press
Apr 24, 2014

Youngstown-based Frackfree Mahoning Valley planned a news conference to discuss persisting concerns.

A state geologist’s finding released last week for the first time linked earthquakes in the Utica Shale to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique used to access oil and gas deposits. The state’s review called the link “probable”

The finding led Ohio to issue a moratorium on fracking within three miles of the seismic activity’s epicenter and to issue new permit conditions viewed as among the nation’s strictest.

The anti-fracking group said a Youngstown State University geologist has identified 12 earthquakes near fracking activity.