Confirmed: Fracking practices to blame for Ohio earthquakes (nbcnews.com)

Charles Q. ChoiLiveScience

Sep. 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM ET
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USGS This map shows the intensity of shaking in the area of a magnitude-3.9 earthquake that struck near Youngstown, Ohio, on Dec. 31, 2011. Research has linked this earthquake to the underground injection of wastewater from fracking.

Wastewater from the controversial practice of fracking appears to be linked to all the earthquakes in a town in Ohio that had no known past quakes, research now reveals.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water, sand and other materials under high pressures into a well to fracture rock. This opens up fissures that help oil and natural gas flow out more freely. This process generates wastewater that is often pumped underground as well, in order to get rid of it.

A furious debate has erupted over the safety of the practice. Advocates claim fracking is a safe, economical source of clean energy, while critics argue that it can taint drinking water supplies, among other problems …

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Frackers slash billions in payments to landowners (Philly.com)

Report: Thousands are receiving far less money than they were promised by energy companies to use their properties. Some are being paid virtually nothing.

Abrahm Lustgarten, PROPUBLICA POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:00 PM

on Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead. It seemed promising. Two wells drilled on his lease hit as sweet a spot as the Marcellus shale could offer – tens of millions of cubic feet of natural gas gushed forth. Last December, he received a check for $8,506 for a month’s share of the gas. Then one day in April, Feusner ripped open his royalty envelope to find…  Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/Frackers_.html