Ohio Quakes Halt Wastewater Disposal

After several minor earthquakes this past weekend, Ohio state officials ordered a halt in disposing wastewater from oil and gas production.

Regulators issued a moratorium on Saturday on all injections within a five-mile radius of the Youngstown well.

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David Cole | Jan. 5, 2012
Did they not consider available technology for non polluting water usage available from Hydrozonix, a well service company formed with ESPH, and Phillips & Jordon that is tested, proven and cheaper non chemical process that can safely be used even if an earthquake were to occur? Really a short sighted view by politics or any government entity. Where is there an end to ignorance?

Bruce Allen | Jan. 4, 2012
Just another Gasland tatic by NIMBY groups, can legal litigation be started against Josh Fox, and groups for their lies?

Wade Urbin | Jan. 4, 2012
I think that possibly in Ohio as well as Arkansas that these small quakes could be pressure relief from something that could be more devastating later on. Just because it shakes you up doesn't mean its all bad

John Henrie | Jan. 3, 2012
I think if we would slow down just a little and "Slim hole drill" or micro hole drill and look. We might see the big picture. Advantage less mud in are face and rivers and reduced drill time. Lets think a little. Thanks John I love the Utica and below lets explore with the right attitude. Be smart. The utica will be bigger than the Bakken Field. Trust me its on the Ohio River next to the Muskingum River.

Glenn Brabham | Jan. 3, 2012
Wastewater from drilling should be recycled or reused and put back into the environment as freshwater. Pumping it into disposal wells removes this water from the natural cycle forever. We are talking about billions of gallons of water lost forever. There will be a big price to pay down the road.

Lschmidt | Jan. 3, 2012
This is another typical knee-jerk reaction that is totally politically motivated. There is not a shred of science to back it up. I suppose Ohio should also ban any digging, large truck or train traffic and loud screaming in that area.


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