News Archive Feb. 16

Member of 'Athens Eight' to get Ohio stewardship award Akron Beacon Journal (blog)

Kip Rondy, co-owner of Green Edge Gardens, and one of those recently arrested for blocking the K&H Injection Well in Athens County's Troy ...

School taking in welcome mat -Superintent: Well not wanted as neighbor

Thanks to anti-fracking groups for putting actions with words

Grass-roots group to fight Belmont County frack waste project Akron Beacon Journal (blog)

A typical fracked well in the Utica shale zones of Ohio requires over five million ... allowing disposal of fracking waste with inadequate testing and ...

Wearing Thin' is wrong about injection well protests Athens NEWS

Smith is critical of the opponents of injection wells because, as he perceives, ... Editor's note: Bob Sheak is a professor emeritus of sociology at Ohio ...

ODNR still studying Conneaut injection well permit The Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — An application to dig an injection well within Conneaut city limits is still being reviewed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ...

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Ohio city council opposes injection well

San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A city council in southeastern Ohio is the second public body to oppose a proposed well for gas-drilling wastewater in the region. Citing public health concerns, the Athens City Council voted to support the county commission's objection ...

City Council takes stand against injection well

Athens NEWS - Dec 4, 2013

Athens City Council unanimously resolved Monday night to join opposition to the state's granting of a permit for a new oil and gas drilling waste injection well for eastern Athens County near Torch. The West Virginia-based K&H Partners submitted a permit ...

Athens Council Opposes Proposed Troy Twp. Injection Well

WOUB - Dec 3, 2013

Athens City Council voted Monday to support the county commissioners' objection to the proposed K&H Partners injection well, citing public health concerns. On Sept. 9, the Athens County Commissioners sent a letter to the Underground Injection Control ...


Editorial: Resolve the fracking-earthquake debate

Dallas Morning News - Dec 6, 2013

The Eagle Mountain Lake area, northwest of Fort Worth, has been rattled to its foundations by a recent swarm of earthquakes, 23 in the past month alone. Given the area's high concentration of natural-gas drilling operations, the state and federal governments ...

As Texas Towns Shake, Regulators Sit Still

StateImpact Texas - Dec 6, 2013

Update: The USGS is reporting that another earthquake struck Azle late Saturday night, measuring 3.6. That would tie for the strongest quake to hit the area since the swarm began last month. Original Story: After twenty minor earthquakes in a month, residents ...


As North Texas Shakes, Regulators Sit Still

MyHighPlains - Dec 6, 2013

Residents are looking for answers after nearly 20 small earthquakes — likely caused by a byproduct of oil and gas drilling — struck outside of Fort Worth last month. But they probably won't learn much from the agency that oversees drilling in Texas.

USGS sending instruments to record Texas quakes

Environment & Energy Publishing - Dec 6, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey is sending four seismic recorders to Texas to record activity in an area where local leaders worry that drilling processes are causing earthquakes. The portable recorders are to be deployed around the town of Azle by scientists from ...


Researchers Link Earthquakes In Texas To Fracking Process

ThinkProgress - Dec 6, 2013

Researchers at Southern Methodist University have linked a string of 2009 and 2010 earthquakes in Texas to the injection of fracking wastewater into the ground, according to a new study. The researchers examined the group of more than 50 earthquakes ...

Shaking in Texas makes officials worry about injection from drilling

Environment & Energy Publishing - Dec 5, 2013

AZLE, Texas -- To Rochelle Clark, the earthquake sounded like a thud. She thought it was her sons horsing around in an upstairs bedroom at her home just off the main highway here. Eva Garcia, who runs a beauty shop around the corner from Clark's home, ...


ODNR analysis of quake hazards leaves much to be desired Athens NEWS

They have identified active faults in the area (i.e. southeast Ohio in general), but not any inactive faults near the well that could be activated with the injection of ...


State OKs K&H injection well; second permit needed to open Athens NEWS

An injection well for storing wastewater from oil-and-gas drilling operations, which triggered ... A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources noted ...


'Do not operate' quake-linked disposal wells -- EPA draft report


Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter

      EnergyWire: Monday, July 22, 2013      


U.S. EPA officials say oil and gas wastewater injection wells that are causing earthquakes should stop operating if there's no way to stop the shaking.

But there is a variety of other options to consider first, according to a "decision model" outlined in a draft report obtained by EnergyWire. That includes scaling back how much well owners can inject, requiring more data collection or public education about "the complexities of injection-induced seismicity."

The 341-page document represents the main EPA response to concerns that drilling-related activities are causing earthquakes. It was provided as a result of a Freedom of Information Act appeal after agency officials declined to release it (EnergyWire, May 28).

Read the full story here 

Waste wells vulnerable to far-off quakes

The Columbus Dispatch                                 Saturday July 13, 2013 6:21 AM                                

Devastating earthquakes that occur around the world can trigger subsequent earthquakes near fracking waste-disposal wells, according to new research.Columbia University researchers say shockwaves from major earthquakes in Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011 triggered smaller temblors near disposal wells in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.A series of much-stronger earthquakes occurred near those same disposal wells six months to 20 months later.

Nicholas van der Elst, a Columbia geophysicist and the lead author of a study published yesterday in the journal Science, said the Chile and Japan earthquakes provided an early indication that the disposal wells were pressuring existing faults to eventual breaking points.

“They were like advance warnings,” van der Elst said.

The study raises new questions about disposal-well safety. Ohio has 191 disposal wells, where 14.2 million barrels of fracking fluids and oil and gas wastes were injected last year.

Fracking is a process in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected below ground to shatter shale and free trapped oil and gas. A portion of the fracking fluid bubbles back out, along with ancient salt water contaminated with different metals, including radium.

Read the full article at the Dispatch


Study raises new concern about earthquakes and injection wells

Reuters- By Sharon Begley (Reuters) - Powerful earthquakes thousands of miles (km) away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near wastewater-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later by quakes big enough to destroy buildings.The discovery, published in the journal Science by one of the world's leading seismology labs, threatens to make hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which involves injecting fluid deep underground, even more controversial.It comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducts a study of the effects of fracking, particularly the disposal of wastewater, which could form the basis of new regulations on oil and gas drilling.



Geologists have known for 50 years that injecting fluid underground can increase pressure on seismic faults and make them more likely to slip. The result is an "induced" quake. A recent surge in U.S. oil and gas production - much of it using vast amounts of water to crack open rocks and release natural gas, as in fracking, or to bring up oil and gas from standard wells - has been linked to an increase in small to moderate induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Texas and Colorado.Now seismologists at Columbia University say they have identified three quakes - in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas - that were triggered at injection-well sites by major earthquakes a long distance away.

Read entire article at Reuters