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Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation

Although Ohio recently changed its drilling permit rules over concerns hydraulic fracturing caused recent earthquake activity there, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not planning on changing its rules at this time, according to the New Castle News.

The DEP did not respond to a request by StateImpact Pennsylvania to comment, but a spokeswoman told the New Castle News the department is monitoring the situation in Ohio:

James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said, “While we can never be 100 percent sure that drilling activities are connected to a seismic event, caution dictates that we take these new steps to protect human health, safety and the environment.

But in Pennsylvania, Morgan Wagner, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, said Monday that because the state “has no history of seismic events related to drilling, fracking or disposal wells,” the DEP “does not believe that there is enough information about the Ohio incident to relate hydraulic fracturing to an increased potential for earthquakes in Pennsylvania.”

Wagner added, “We are, however, monitoring Ohio’s situation and have the authority to shut down any well at any time if concerns were to develop.”

Links between oil and gas production and increased earthquake activity have usually been related to disposal of wastewater in deep injection wells–not the fracking process itself.


  • Joe

    what will it take…someone or many to die or be injured before PA makes the law to protect its citizens & its beautiful natural resources???

    • Truth Wins

      There have been 400,000 wells drilled in Pennsylvania. How many of them have caused earthquakes that have harmed anyone? Zero.

      Anti-drillers are sounding more and more like conservative talk radio lunatics, desperate for attention, willing to say or invoke anything. Obama is a dictator coming to steal our freedoms and force us into communism. Fracking is going to kill us all and ruin our beautiful landscape. Same bullshit. Different end of the spectrum.

      • Fair and Balanced

        As a graduate student, and registered republican, writing my thesis on the impact of hydraulic fracturing in PA, I must say that you are a bit off in your assessment. While I do not want to regurgitate my entire paper, the unbiased, statistical evidence across our state indicates that the larger tremors in this region started to occur with greater frequency and higher magnitude since the start of drilling.

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