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Hilcorp says it won't restart drilling 'until we determine it is safe'
Company ceased drilling in the Youngstown area after five small earthquakes

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Hilcorp  Energy says it is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to figure out what triggered a series of five minor earthquakes this week in the Youngstown area. 

Hilcorp has drilled seven wells for oil and gas in the area of the Carbon Limestone Landfill southeast of Youngstown. It's near the epicenter of the quakes, which struck on Monday and Tuesday. 

The company agreed to suspend its drilling “until we determine it is safe to continue our operations.” But it’s also emphasizing that it’s too early to know exactly what happened. 

The company notes that it has no injection wells in the area. Those wells are used to dispose of drilling waste water and were linked to earthquakes in the region in 2012.

Hillcorp's operations at the Carbon Limestone site:

• Total of seven production wells on two pads

• One well was producing oil and gas as of Tueday

• Wells are not stacked vertically

• Approximate depth for all verticals: 7,900 feet

• Drilling on the first pad commenced in November 2012

• Drilling on the second pad commenced in October 2013

• On the second-pad completion operations began in February 2014 and have not been concluded

Source: Hilcorp

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