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Earthquake link not stopping Ohio wastewater wells

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Earthquakes in northeastern Ohio linked to the injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth haven't slowed applications for more injection wells.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has received 19 applications to drill new disposal wells, in addition to 23 wells already approved but not yet operating.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/JjNyWl) that the agency is reviewing disposal-well applications under a new set of safety standards.

Heidi Hetzel-Evans, a Natural Resources spokeswoman, says the standards include a ban on drilling injection wells into a deep, pre-Cambrian rock formation that geologists consider the source of most Ohio quakes.

State regulators said last month a dozen earthquakes were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth.

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