According to Muriel Kane of Raw Story, regulators in the State of Ohio announced yesterday that they have determined that the use of fracking for one gas well was almost certainly the cause of a dozen earthquakes near the well. Here’s Kane:
Ohio state regulators announced tough new regulations on Friday after concluding that the injection of wastewater underground as part of the controversial gas-drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” had almost certainly caused a dozen earthquakes near one well.
The regulations will require well operators to supply extensive geological data before requesting a new drill site, avoid certain rock formations, and keep track of pressure, volume, and the chemical makeup of all drilling water using state-of-the-art technology.
Maybe that will be enough; I’m not qualified to say. But remember, there is no allegation that the drillers in this incident violated any laws or regulations. Apparently they just got geologically unlucky in their choice of a place and a time to drill: One fault was not discovered until the drilling had begun; drilling should have been abandoned at that point. But I can imagine nothing more devastating to a community than earthquakes followed by pollution of groundwater. That must stop.