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Ohio halts gas drilling near site of earthquakes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — State regulators ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations in an area of northeastern Ohio after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area.

No property damage had been reported from the earthquakes that happened Monday morning just west of Youngstown.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says there’s nothing indicating that the earthquakes are connected to any injection wells.

The department says it asked the only oil and gas operator in the area to stop all work until it can further test the area.

An injection well used to hold wastewater from the fracking process has been tied in recent years to a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area.

The first earthquake on Monday happened around 2:30 a.m.

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