State officials have linked recent earthquakes in Lawrence County to fracking.
The temblors, all too weak to be felt by humans, were recorded last April in Lawrence County…about three-quarters of a mile from a natural gas well owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. No damage was reported.
According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the seismic events “showed a marked temporal/spatial relationship’ to hydraulic fracturing activities at Hilcorp’s North Beaver NC Development well pad.
The Hillcorp pad has four wells which is within a five-mile radius of the epicenters of the earthquakes.
Fracking, a method to extract gas or oil from underground shale, has been tied to earthquakes in neighboring Ohio and other states, but never in Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press & KDKA contributed to this report.