Aftershock Of Earth-Shaking Fracking Concerns

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 1:18 PM EST) -- Recent earthquakes near Youngstown, Ohio, are alleged to have been caused by the increased underground injection of wastewater produced in the hydraulic fracturing boom in the Marcellus and Utica regions. After reports that the wells may have been sited on a geologic fault line, environmentalists have been quick to use the quakes to call for broader federal regulation and drilling moratoriums.

Like other oil and gas drilling techniques, hydraulic fracturing produces brine wastewater that must be treated and appropriately disposed. Publicly owned treatment works (POTW) treat...
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