Aftershock Of Earth-Shaking Fracking Concerns
Law360 Expert Analysis
January 27, 2012

Recent earthquakes in Ohio are alleged to have been caused by the increased underground injection of wastewater produced in the hydraulic fracturing boom in the area. After reports that the wells may have been sited on a fault line, environmentalists have been quick to use the quakes to call for broader federal regulation and drilling moratoriums.

This article outlines concerns regarding the ability of publicly owned treatment works to adequately treat wastewater from fracking operations.  The authors discuss the potential regulations and consequences stemming from the wastewater disposal process, focusing on Federal Class well requirements and Environmental Protection Agency standards.