COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well tied to earthquakes in the area hasn't received the state clearance it says is necessary to conduct independent seismic research aimed at proving it wasn't the cause of the quakes.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show D&L Energy sought state permission in February to re-open the shuttered well - after plugging it to a shallower depth - and then to measure the vibrations for its analysis. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has yet to respond, in what could be a permanent delay.
D&L closed the Youngstown well after a New Year's Eve quake reached 4.0 magnitude. The state then imposed a moratorium on deep-injection drilling near the site, halting regional disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.
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