After Earthquakes Brine Disposal at NE Ohio Injection Well Halted

Marcellus Shale Drilling Rig in Pennsylvania(Photo: Laurie Barr/Wikipedia)
Marcellus Shale Drilling Rig in Pennsylvania(Photo: Laurie Barr/Wikipedia)

The owner of a northeast Ohio fluid injection well has agreed to stop injecting brine used in drilling after a series of earthquakes were reported in the area. The Ohio Natural Resources department announced the agreement with Northstar Disposal Services LLC on Friday.

The injection well, located in the Youngstown area, is used to dispose of brine that’s a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. Thousands of gallons of brine are injected into the well daily.

Ten earthquakes have occurred this year within two miles of the well. Each registered at 2.7 magnitude or lower.

The department told The Associated Press more detailed data from Columbia University about a Christmas Eve quake prompted the agreement. And injections were halted as a precaution, so potential links with earthquakes can be assessed.

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