Fracking has not caused water-well problems in Ohio

October 19, 2013

Akron Beacon Journal Online (Ohio.com)

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas in the Utica shale has not created any major problems with Ohio’s drinking water, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Its Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has investigated 183 water well complaints filed by Ohio landowners from 2010 through mid-October.

A total of six water supplies were impacted by drilling over the nearly four-year period, said state spokesman Mark Bruce.

But all of those problems stemmed from old, vertical only wells, not today’s big horizontal wells that rely on fracking to free up natural gas, oil and other liquids from rocks deep underground, he said.

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