A petition calling for a moratorium on new injection wells in Ohio was presented this morning to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Three persons were reportedly arrested.
The petition had been circulated by numerous grass-roots groups across the state.
Ohio has 177 permitted injection wells that take briny waste from drillers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states.
Earthquakes near a Mahoning County injection well were likely triggered by the pressurized injection of the wastes into rocks 9,000 feet deep.
An afternoon rally by Ohio activists was planned at the Ohio Statehouse and a second rally was scheduled outside the winter meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association at a Columbus area hotel.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.