While cause remains unclear, earthquake prompts new look at Ohio fracking

The April 2 earthquake “is a concern because it shows we don’t have a handle on all of the risks involved in this industry,” said Melanie Houston of the Ohio Environmental Council.

That worry is heightened by the fact that the federal government wants to open up more of the Wayne National Forest area for oil and gas development. “We’re inviting it into our only national forest, and it is really a concern and a problem for us,” Houston said...

“There is…a big suggestion that this has been triggered by nearby activity” by the oil and gas industry, said Houston. “But whether it’s the injection wells that are really the cause or the extraction, we don’t know.”

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Friday, April 7, 2017