Ohio Announces Measures to Prevent Earthquakes from Hydraulic Fracturing

April 11, 2014
Lauren Whittenberg, (512) 691-3437, lwhittenberg@edf.org

(COLUMBUS, OHIO—April 11, 2014) Environmental Defense Fund Senior Policy Advisor for US Climate and Energy Program, Scott Anderson, responds to Ohio’s decision today to enact tougher conditions to limit hydraulic fracturing activities near faults after recently reported earthquakes.

“EDF commends Ohio for putting public safety first. The steps announced today to protect communities from seismic events are reasonable precautions. Although there is much uncertainty regarding what causes earthquakes and how dangerous small and medium quakes may be—and therefore this is a policy that may well evolve in the future—the state’s decisive action is based on the best information available. This approach should serve the citizens well.”


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