Watching Government: Ohio quakes in perspective

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer ordered operations halted at a fluid injection well near Youngstown on Dec. 30, 2011, after scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory found a possible link to mild earthquakes. Ohio has 177 Class 2 deep well injection sites. This was the first time seismic activity had been associated with one of them. ODNR said its seismic monitoring network detected 10 events within 2 miles of Northstar Disposal Services LLC's well during 2011. Each registered at 2.7 magnitude or lower on the Richter scale, well below the 4 points considered necessary to cause surface damage, it indicated. Although the well operat...

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