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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Drilling halted yesterday after two earthquakes...

"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has halted drilling at Hilcorp's well pad at the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland Township. The action, taken (on Monday), follows two earthquakes (on Monday) both of which had epicenters close to the well pad. The National Earthquake Information Center of the U.S. Geological Survey places the epicenter of a 3.0-magnitude earthquake that took place early this morning near where Hilcorp Energy Co. is drilling 12 Utica wells in Poland Township, according to the agency's website. [...]

The first earthquake registered at a depth of 1.2 miles, USGS reports. The second quake occurred at a depth of three miles. According to the ODNR, Hilcorp has drilled seven wells at the site. One of those wells is in production, another one is being drilled and four other wells are permitted at the site."