Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts at energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.
How do you regulate an earthquake?
The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast. In 2012, Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) halted disposal of fracking wastewater surrounding a well site nearby after a series of earthquakes later tied to a deep-injection well.
Ohio Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers tells The Associated Press state regulators seek up-to-date information in developing appropriate detection procedures and regulatory practices.
How about stand nearby and if the ground starts shaking, well, you've detected an earthquake.
One environmentalist, Teresa Mills, says ending fracking is the most effective way to halt the quakes.
Gee, ya think?