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Official: 4 Ohio fluid-injection #fracking wells cannot open in wake of quake –

Via Scoop.itDemand Transformation

Ohio officials order that four fluid-injection wells be “indefinitely” prohibited from opening because of heightened seismic activity.   Dr. Won-Young Kim, one of the Columbia University experts asked by the state to examine possible connections between fracking and seismic activity, said that a problem could arise if fluid moves through the ground and affects “a weak fault, waiting to be triggered.” He explained the underground waste “slowly migrates” and could cause issues miles away, adding that the danger could persist for some time as the fluid travels and seeps down toward the fault.
“In my opinion, yes,” the recent spate of earthquakes around Youngstown is related to a fluid-injection well, Kim stated — though there has been no definitive determination, by the state or other authorities, indicating as much.