The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced new rules on Friday for the transporting and disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling pumped into a Youngstown injection well.
Those rules are in response to a ODNR investigation that determined the process known as ‘fracking’ ultimately led to a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area last year.
‘Fracking’ is the process of extracting oil and gas from rock formations like shale.
According to the ODNR, their research showed a direct link between the seismic events and a brine disposal well.
“Ohioans demand smart environmental safeguards that protect our environment and promote public health. These new standards accomplish this goal,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer.
According to the ODNR, the new regulations make Ohio’s rules for brine monitoring and disposal among the toughest in the nation.