Regulators link fracking to earthquakes

Fracking ruled as link to earthquake activity in Ohio
Fracking ruled as link to earthquake activity in Ohio. (WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – A major victory for activists fighting against fracking in Ohio.

For the first time, state regulators are linking earthquake activity in Ohio to hydraulic fracturing.

Drilling has been stopped indefinitely near Youngstown. That is where five minor tremors have occurred.

State Oil and Gas officials says Ohio will now require sensitive seismic monitoring as a condition of all new drilling permits.

That will be required for all permits within three miles of a known fault. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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