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Ohio allows operations at 1 injection well to resume, says another remains closed after quake


COLUMBUS, Ohio — State regulators say operations can resume at a deep injection well for fracking wastewater, while another well remains closed during an investigation in northeast Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had suspended activity at the two wells after discovering possible evidence that the operations caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 31.

Earlier this month, the state issued a chief's order suspending operations at American Water Management Services' Weathersfield site, near Warren.

A department spokeswoman says after analyzing data during the investigation, the agency found that the shallower of the two wells was not related to the seismic event.

ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle says the company is allowed to immediately resume injection operations at the shallow well, while the investigation continues on the deeper well.

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