Group holds earthquake anniversary event

Frack Free Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An anti-fracking group marked the third anniversary of the 2011 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Youngstown with rallies at three sites.

FrackFree Mahoning Valley had simultaneous events at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in Youngstown, Weathersfield and Poland Township. Supporters gathered to remember the earthquake that took place at D & L Energy Northstar 1 drilling site in Youngstown on Dec. 31, 2011 at 3:04 p.m.

After an investigation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources linked the 4.0-magnitude quake to a fracking waste injection well. Although it happened three years ago, FrackFree Mahoning Valley said this situation is not over and is, in fact, getting worse.

“We would like to see sustainable energy come in and take over, the energy of the wind, the energy of the sun, geothermal, it just makes sense because it is clean, it is good for everyone,” environmentalist Valerie Dearing said.

Rally locations included:

  • Niles: 1749 N. Main Street
  • Poland Township Park: Moore Road, Lowellville
  • Youngstown: The intersection of Market Street and West Federal Street in downtown.

FrackFree Mahoning Valley contends that “fracking cannot be done safely, or even fairly, with the technology as it stands today.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources shut down D & L Energy’s Northstar 1 injection well after the 2011 4.0 earthquake.

During the third quarter of 2014, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 3,013,667 barrels of oil and 132,017,386 Mcf (132 billion cubic feet) of natural gas.

Through November, 627 horizontal shale permits have been issued in 2014, which is on target with the ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management’s forecast of 700 for the year. There were 583 horizontal shale permits issued in 2013.

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