Fracking Quake: Ohio Authorities Shut Down Fracking Operation After Two Quakes – March 11 2014

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Ohio authorities have halted a fracking operation following two quakes. And it’s not the first time in Ohio!

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Fracking quake Ohio – March 11 2014. Photo: Reuters

When were the quakes created?

The Ohio tremors were felt on Monday in Poland Township and the village of Lowellville near the Pennsylvania. The first 3.0 magnitude quake stroke at about 2:30am and was followed by a second 2.6 magnitude quake at 11:45am, the US Geological Survey reported. Two smaller aftershocks were reported later in the day. Here a few links showing that this phenomenon is widespread across the USA.

What has been done?

Following the quakes Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) ordered suspension of drilling operation at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, local media reported. Texas-based Hilcorp Energy has about a dozen wells in the area and was performing horizontal drilling as part of fracking production of hydrocarbons.

Environmentalists are cautious about potential ramifications of fracking, including earthquakes and contamination of groundwater with dangerous chemicals. You bet, look at this map!

Of course, both the authorities and the operator argue there are no evidences to link these quakes to the fracking operations… But we know: Fracking is responsible for them!

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