YOUNGSTOWN: Ohio lawmakers have traveled to an area that has been rocked by earthquakes to hear recommendations for preventing quakes linked to drilling wastewater.
The Vindicator reports experts told members of the state House and Senate at a hearing Tuesday in Youngstown that high-tech seismic testing could help. And, Youngstown State University geology department chairman Jeffrey Dick testified that oil and gas wastewater wells should not be drilled so deep that they hit bedrock.
Local Democratic state Rep. Robert Hagan criticized the hearing, saying it allowed the industry to continue a public relations campaign.
A 4.0 magnitude quake in the Youngstown area on New Year’s Eve was the 11th in the region during 2011.