Fracking-Earthquake Link Prompts New Ohio Disposal Rules

Law360, New York (March 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EST) -- Ohio’s oil and gas regulator proposed Friday to tighten standards on the disposal of fluids produced from hydraulic fracturing, following a report that found injecting the fluids underground likely caused a series of small earthquakes last year.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said new rules would update the state’s existing regulations on the monitoring and disposal of brine — the liquid byproduct of the process known as fracking — to make them among the most stringent in the country.

The rules came alongside an ODNR...
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