Earthquakes And The Fracking Industry

09.05.13 | Bob Price

In what’s sure to be a controversial study, researchers say all the earthquakes in one Ohio community can be blamed on the storage of fracking waste-water deep underground. New scientific data published in the Journal of Geophysical Research concludes that since 2011, there have been more than 100 small earthquakes reported in the city of Youngstown, Ohio.  Before 2011, there was never an earthquake - not one - registered in that community.  IN 2010, the drilling industry began pumping fracking wastewater into storage containers deep underground in that area.  Researchers stress these earthquakes are not directly related to fracking.  They’re due to the injection of waste fluid from fracking.  Still, the energy industry takes issue with the study - arguing there is no scientific proof that the shale gas business is contributing to an increase in earthquake activity.