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Ohio Fracking Wells Closed After Earthquakes

Environment  (tags: climate-change, CO2emissions, destruction, earthquakes, ecosystems, environment, Fracking, globalwarming, habitatdestruction, healthconditions, pollution, protection )

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CNN reports: State leaders have ordered that four fluid-injection wells in eastern Ohio will be "indefinitely" prohibited from opening in the aftermath of heightened seismic activity in the area, an official said.


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Barbara W (342)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 12:01 pm
I heard this last night and this morning. When do "We" learn? Crazy just keeps getting crazier.. Thanks Kit..

Jae A (316)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 12:33 pm
Water tables near fracking are dropping due to them ..water wells being drained dry and on and on. I use to think that one day people would realized that you can not keep taking everything they want from the earth in huge amounts,especially not over long periods,not without causing serious problems...problems that it will probably take centuries...if ever... to repair should they stop doing so today. It's all in the ground for a purpose ...even if people haven't figured out what each of those are.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 12:41 pm

I live in a relatively geologically stable area, since the fracking and drilling began we have had numerous so-called small earthquakes. Nothing to worry about, one at 5.2 or higher near Oklahoma City was felt in Dallas. Nothing to worry about. That's what they tell us. We are just too greedy to get past the idea that "thar's gold in them thar hills..." Gold or destruction? How money destruction is enough? How much money is enough?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 1:32 pm
maybe they listen now?? pfft environmental parasites.

Caitlin M (104)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 1:43 pm
Ohio is setting a wise example for other fracking entities. Let's hope it'll do some good. Today, any company that does the right thing is an anomaly--few and far between. I'm hoping that somebody is realizing that poisoning the water supplies, as well as the seismic disturbances, are effects that must be avoided for the continuance of all species. Perhaps the prediction of ancient peoples (Mayan?) has more to be said for it than I would ever have thought a few years ago. We humans can't get much more idiotic in the choices we have made over the last 30 years and even more so the last 10 years. We're so stupid do we even deserve to carry on?? Thanks, Kit. This is good news. Please pardon my drop into discouragement anyway. The sun'll come out tomorrow! I'm sure.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 3:26 pm
Insanity is to keep doing the same thing hoping for different results.

Yvonne W (229)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 4:55 pm
Who could have foreseen?;)

lee e (114)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 5:49 pm
Let's see -- a rise in asthmatics, particularly in youth near fracking wells, neurological diseases, cancers, poisoned water, radiation, methane, butane, ignitable tap water, death to wildlife, and certain undisclosed individuals, and now seismic activity - hey let's invest in it!

Gary C (5)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 8:07 pm

Eddie O (95)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 8:14 pm
What a disgrace we are as a nation, in numerous ways. We pollute the land, we pollute the rivers, we pollute the oceans, we pollute other countries with our depleted uranium, we pollute the skies, and we pollute the inner levels of our planet. All for the sake of greed and money, with absolutely no understanding or concern about how we are all suffering due to all our stupidity and pollution, and how this will continue to get worse and worse as we “progress“.

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 8:19 pm

Patricia Thompson (13)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 8:27 pm
Well however long it's taken them to realise the consequences hopefully they've at last learnt!! Lets just hope other areas around the world do!!

naomi c (55)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 9:00 pm
this is just one more action resulting in catastrophe that have been caused by humans. we are supposed to be the 'highest' species, but i think not.

peggy p (43)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 9:24 pm
and of course, they thought this would never happen.....

Mary Cotturo (5)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 9:27 pm
Fracking is going on in the shale deposits where I live. The proponents of fracking insist it is a safe method to obtain gas. The shale deposits, known as Chagrin shale, are about 360 million years old. We depend on our well for water. The Youngstown earthquakes prove that fracking is not safe. I suppose I should ask the question, "What the frack?" I guess it is all about the fracking money. Please put a stop to it.

Elle B (84)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 9:44 pm
Thank-you Kit. It is good that Ohio shut down these fracking wells. . .one of the rare episodes of reason in the insane stupor saga. . .it would be a welcome wonder if they became caught on and continued regularly.

"A margin of life is developed by Nature for all living things - including man.  All life forms obey Nature's demands - except man, who has found ways of ignoring them."  ~Eugene M. Poirot, Our Margin of Life, 1978

"Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system."  ~Channing E. Phillips, speech, Washington, D.C., 22 April 1970

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." ~Albert Einstein

"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."  ~Albert Einstein


Susanne R (235)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:29 am
Now that we have further proof that hydraulic fracturing is not as "safe" as the energy industry would have us believe, do you think Exxon-Mobil will put a stop to the commercials they're running about how good fracturing is for this country? You know, the ones with the friendly and soft-spoken engineers who would have us believe that they're doing us a favor by killing us? I didn't think so either.

Great post, Kit! Thanks!

Dawn Marie (24)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:51 am
Good Info. Thanks, Kit. Hopefully more states will make the same decision soon.

Quanta K (67)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:17 am

Deborah L (3)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:07 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:43 am
Whoever thought of fracking was a fracking idiot. They are gouging the Earth and earthquakes are the result, they will split the earth and someday it will cause a biggie..I hope the idiots responsible fall into the cracks and get swallowed whole...

Brenda T (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:49 am
Noted. Doesn't this prove how dangerous fracking is?

Jendrek Mazak (1)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:14 am
szczelinowanie nigdy nie było bezpieczne,lecz teraz jest "TROSZKĘ NAGŁOŚNIONE",i dobrze!!!

Eddie O (95)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:18 am
Peggy P. -- I doubt very seriously that they never thought it would happen. Instead, I would suspect that they knew very well that it would happen, and did a calculated risk in hopes that they could get as much money out of it before they were called on their greedy, selfish, actions.

And, now that they reaped their millions/billions, they will just move on and do the same thing elsewhere, and of course receive no negative immediate consequences against them, other than maybe a verbal reprimand, if even that. Possibly a little bit of greasing of the palms of the politicians who are selling out our environment to the highest bidder. There’s big money in all of this for the politicians, lobbyists, and greedy, selfish, CEO’s.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:23 am

The oil/gas, coal and nuclear power companies all have engineers and geologist that work for them. It's not a matter of not knowing the end results, it's only a matter of the cost of doing business verses the cost of fines and penalties for doing business in a dangerous or illegal manner. The cheaper out for all of the companies is to just pay the fine. If we made the fines cost more then the profits things would rapidly change.

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 9:37 am
Quakes halt Ohio 'fracking' waste water well
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2012

Fears that several small earthquakes in the US state of Ohio may have been triggered by the disposal of wastewater from "fracking" has prompted the closure of an injection well -- and questions about the oil and gas extraction technique.

The latest and strongest earthquake, which had a magnitude of 4.0, occurred on New Year's Eve near the well operated by D&L Energy in Youngstown, in a region of northeastern Ohio that has seen a boom in fracking activity at a major shale formation known as the Utica Shale.

The state had quietly shut down operations at the Youngstown injection well after a 2.7 magnitude quake on December 24, but then extended the moratorium to a five-mile (eight-kilometer) radius around the well after the larger quake on December 31, industry officials said.

"As a precautionary measure we've reached agreement with the well's owner to halt injections until we are able to further assess and determine any potential links with recent seismic events," the state's natural resources director James Zehringer said.

"I consider the link to be persuasive," John Armbruster, a seismologist with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studied the quakes, told AFP on Tuesday.

"In three dimensions, the earthquake is about a kilometer from the bottom of the well."

After measuring the latest of 11 earthquakes, Armbruster's team told state regulators that "the link between them seems pretty good and they decided to shut down the well, which was their responsibility."

A spokesman for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association said the suspension was the right thing to do until the event was better understood.

"We also believe that while we may have a suspicious event here, nonetheless we do not have a direct link. That needs to be established by using good scientific measurements," said Tom Stewart, the association's executive vice president.

Ohio's oil and gas industry has a lot riding on the development because the huge oil shale formations in Ohio are believed to hold potential reserves of up to 5.5 billion barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a process by which high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals are used to blast through rock to release oil and gas trapped inside, is considered key to unlocking that potential.

The wastewater that comes back out of those wells are then disposed of in separate injection wells.

Stewart pointed out that there are 180 water injection wells in operation in Ohio, taking in seven million barrels of wastewater a year, and problems have been rare since they began in the mid-1980s.

"In my view, if there is a link -- if being the operative word -- you have this proverbial needle in a haystack where this well system may be touching some kind of fault system, or something similar to that, underneath the basement rock, causing those types of temblors," he said.

"But these wells have been in operation since the 1980s and the track record is superb. It is the preferred method for managing the waste stream," he said.

But little is known about the potential side effects of such operations on a larger scale, and while earthquakes have been rare, they are not unprecedented.

A large cluster of earthquakes in Arkansas last year prompted authorities there to suspend operations at two water injection wells, and seismologists at Southern Methodist University found links to quakes near an injection well in the Fort Worth-Dallas area in 2009.

The Youngstown injection well entered in operation in December 2010, and soon after, in March, the earthquakes began.

By the end of last year, 11 earthquakes had occurred, all in virtually the same location and at the same depth, ranging in magnitude from 2.1 to 4.0.

They caused no injuries and only minor damage, but they were especially surprising in that the area had little history of seismic activity.

"My view is you cannot predict what is going to happen when you start operating one of these injection wells, because the earthquakes that are happening are earthquakes you are triggering, sitting, waiting to happen and you've given these earthquakes a slight extra push," Armbruster said.

"In order to predict what a given well is going to do, it's like predicting an earthquake. And no one has predicted a method for predicting earthquakes."


Bill E (41)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:34 pm
Close them after the damage is done. Not just earth quakes, but destroyed water supplies. Ruining entire communities so that a few people can profit. Damn, but I think that there is something wrong with this concept.

annelies j (71)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:45 pm
How much more destruction can our poor planet handle??? People are so damn greedy.

Tom C S (98)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:45 pm
One would think that all states would ban it. It is all about greed

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:53 pm

Think of the money gained by states and cities for oil/gas drilling. They will not stop because it pollutes our water and poisons us. In my own neighborhood, people couldn't wait to sign the leases, they really were expecting to get rich from the gas leases, dopes. I am one of a very few hold outs - so the Texas Rail Road commission (in charge of these leases) changed the rules from 100% of leases in a neighborhood to 70% - easily done.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:03 pm
There have been various earthquakes due to different reasons - that are not earthquake faults - fracking is wrong for many reasons

David C (111)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:23 pm
time to get off all pollution energy sources...leave the pollution in the ground....can't drink oil/gas....if we ruin our aquifers and other drinking water sources....what then..........humanity has changed (for the worse) the environment, air/water/land and now we want to change geology....when will we learn....

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:40 pm
noted, thanks Kit

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:05 pm
Noted and tweeted. Thank you.

Nelson B (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:11 pm
Fracking will continue to destroy our land and water. There is so much money in play these companies cannot be stopped. They can buy any votes they need anywhere to continue their destructive practices.

Vicky L (3)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:43 pm
What!?! Officials in my state actually, finally, did something right? Huh? Where am I?

Beth M (138)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4:41 pm
Stop the madness! We know they we are destroying our planet!

Daniel P (179)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:22 pm
And so we should stop fracking everywhere. We are destroying our world!

Marc P (6)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:29 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Parvez Z (7)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 12:45 am
American GOVT is on a self destruction course every thing is going down the drain in which ever direction you look

Waltraud U (85)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:21 am
For what were all the researchscientists challenched by the taxpayers to act stupid ??

Crystal C (7)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:44 am
Noted. I'm so happy they shut down those fracking wells. I wish they would have shut them down because they realized what it would do to the environment and take responsibility, but it was because of earthquakes. If it wasn't for those earthquakes, I don't think they would have shut them down anytime soon. They don't even know the full extent of what the chemicals are doing once released into the water and air supply. I hope they ban it, for good! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer M (78)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 9:17 am
State officials using their brains?? GASP!! I sure hope this is a huge red flag for all the other idiots that think fracking is okay. Humans have GOT to stop raping our planet!!

ewoud k (68)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:50 pm
Too bad quakes like these are needed to make governments stop this nonsense of fracking!

This was forseeable, and should have ben abandonned long time ago, before it started even.

Thanks for posting!

Katherine Head (34)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 2:14 pm
i don't really understand what fracking is... but it sounds bad, and i'm glad that theses things are temporarily banned, even though it took an earthquake...

Russell R (87)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 4:03 pm
(Nicholson, Craig and Wesson, R.L., "1990", Earthquake Hazard Associated with Deep Well Injection--A Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1951, 74 p.)

Earthquakes induced by human activity have been documented in a few locations in the United States, Japan, and Canada. The cause was injection of fluids into deep wells for waste disposal and secondary recovery of oil, and the use of reservoirs for water supplies. Most of these earthquakes were minor. The largest and most widely known resulted from fluid injection at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver, Colorado. In 1967, an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 followed a series of smaller earthquakes. Injection had been discontinued at the site in the previous year once the link between the fluid injection and the earlier series of earthquakes was established. (Nicholson, Craig and Wesson, R.L., 1990, Earthquake Hazard Associated with Deep Well Injection--A Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1951, 74 p.)

They have known it all along is still maintain that it is safe. Water burns in Pennsylvania and still call it safe!
Money does have Power!

Caitlin K (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 5:58 pm

Linda C (26)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:16 pm

fracking should be outlawed but it won't be until all the water in the USA is poisoned......and the oil companies will laugh all the way to the bank

Eddie O (95)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:44 pm
Please sign this petition against the XL Pipeline.

Thank you so very much, Eddie Bear

David Lam (4)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:39 pm
Thanks noted

Charlene Rush (2)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:47 pm
Do the politiians who permit these atrocities envading our planet, not realize that the end result, will come back to bite them in the butt?
It's not IF, it's only, WHEN.

The probable disasters resulting from pumping oil, gas, coal and other minerals from the Earth, have been predicted for years, now. Subsidence and the activation of earthquake faults are obvious consequences of these actions.
Injecting chemicals deep underground can only, cause devastating problems, to make matters worse.

What thinking brain, could not anticipate these outcomes?

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 9:43 pm
Well - Well - Well - Are they surprised that this caused earthquakes?
What did they think was going to happen?
Keep F--k--g with Mother Earth and she is getting Pissed Off!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 11:53 pm
I agree with Margie B.

Dr Clue (21)
Friday January 6, 2012, 12:19 am
Fracking not only injects water , but a cocktail of ingredients that often results in flammable tap water.
Earthquakes near fracking sites are occurring often enough that those denying the association are probably payed shills.

The quest for fossil fuels at this point in the game is so difficult and requires such great risk and damage to the environment, it's no wonder that political types champion dismantling the EPA. It just goes to show who is lining their pockets and calling the resulting devastation "freedom".


Sonny H (5)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 9:08 pm
Mother nature is telling us something: cease and desist.
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