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More reaction to Youngstown earthquake study

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2012

Here's Friday's statement by Tom Stewart, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:

"Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed, in a preliminary report, our belief that the recent seismic activity in the Youngstown area was associated with a previously unknown geologic factor, in this case, an unmapped fault near a Class II injection well.

"Class II injection wells, which are heavily regulated at the state and federal level, have provided Ohio with a safe and reliable disposal method for wastewater from oil and gas operations for more than 30 years. In 1985, recognizing the value and proficiency of injection wells, the Ohio General Assembly mandated Class II wells as the only acceptable wastewater-disposal method in the state by House Bill 501.

"We plan to thoroughly review the new regulations proposed by ODNR and strongly urge the public and state officials to not allow a rare and isolated event to diminish the excellent service record of Class II injection wells in Ohio."




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