From the daily archives: Monday, January 2, 2012

The Youngstown area experienced an earthquake on New Year’s Eve. It was the 11th earthquake of 2011 in the area, which is really quite surprising since there were no earthquakes here in 2010, or 2009, or any year ever that anyone can remember. According to Bloomberg no earthquakes had been recorded near Youngstown “until D&L Energy Inc. began injecting wastewater from drilling into a 9,300-foot disposal well in December 2010.”

The D&L well, like many of Ohio’s 181 disposal wells, is pumped full of excess fracking liquid, a mixture of water and chemicals, the byproduct of […]

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From a Washington Post story on the correlation being drawn between heavy dumping into a fracking waste well in Ohio and the rash of earthquakes, we get this nugget from Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols:

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, an outspoken supporter of the growing oil and natural gas industry in Ohio, said the shale industry shouldn’t be punished for a fracking byproduct.

“That would be the equivalent of shutting down the auto industry because a scrap tire dump caught fire somewhere,” said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols.

First of all, we’re not talking about a tire dump […]

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The Harrisburg Patriot-News got a copy of what was intended to be a confidential, internal memo of Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s giving his supporters talking points about just how awesome his first year.  What was one his talking points?  He’s not as bad as the other newly elected Governors like that Kasich fella:According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the memo was drafted by Corbett’s deputy chief of staff Luke Bernstein.

Corbett’s press secretary Kevin Harley said the memo was prepared to ensure that staffers all shared a consistent message about Corbett’s first year.

“We […]

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