Fracking foes challenge Ohio earthquake assurances

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A concerned citizens’ group in a northeast Ohio region where earthquakes have been tied to fracking says it won’t take the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines adequately address public safety.

Youngstown-based Frackfree Mahoning Valley plans a news conference Wednesday to discuss persisting concerns.

A state geologist’s finding released last week for the first time linked earthquakes in the Utica Shale to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique used to access oil and gas deposits. The state’s review called the link “probable.”

The finding led Ohio to issue a moratorium on fracking within three miles of the seismic activity’s epicenter and to issue new permit conditions viewed as among the nation’s strictest.

The anti-fracking group says a Youngstown State University geologist has identified 12 earthquakes near fracking activity. 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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