- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio has found no evidence of earthquake activity connected with loud booms residents reported hearing in the Youngstown area near deep-injection wells used for fracking wastewater.

The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources began monitoring for seismic activity after Brookfield Township residents reported hearing loud, explosion-like noises coming from injection-well drilling sites off State Route 7 around New Year’s Eve.

Department spokesman Steve Irwin says a month of 24/7 monitoring didn’t detect any seismic activity.

Injection wells force wastewater from the gas and oil industry deep underground as a means of disposal.

Anti-fracking groups in the area have opposed such wells for years, noting their ties to earthquake activity and questioning the potential for other negative environmental impacts.


Information from: The Tribune Chronicle, http://www.tribtoday.com

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