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Fracking Quakes Could Shake Regulatory Ground In Pa.

Law360, Philadelphia (February 23, 2017, 7:25 PM EST) -- The first-of-its-kind link that Pennsylvania environmental regulators recently drew between hydraulic fracturing and a string of minor seismic events detected nearly a year ago could be the first step toward increased monitoring requirements and permitting conditions for drillers.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection, which last Friday announced a temporal and spatial correlation between the April 2016 earthquakes and fracking activity being conducted by Hilcorp Energy Co. in Lawrence County, has indicated it intends to continue its study of so-called induced seismicity and to develop appropriate plans to address it.

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