Can fracking cause earthquakes?
by Cassady Craighill
August 21, 2013
© Les Stone / Greenpeace
If recent activity in Ohio is any testament, then the answer is yes.
Wait. Earthquakes in Ohio?
That’s right. Not only can fracking poison our water and inject hazardous chemicals into the ground below our feet, it can also cause earthquakes in places they have never occurred prior.
Youngstown, Ohio has never had an earthquake before. But it does have a fracking well. The well started pumping fracking wasterwater from neighboring Pennsylvania in 2010, and by the next year seismometers recorded more than 100 earthquakes in the area.
The fracking well is to blame for triggering the earthquakes, according to the Journal of Geophysical Research. Tremor activity correlated with activity from the well.
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