An oil and natural gas subcontractor hired by Statoil has asked the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to approve temporary installation of a network of cables to monitor seismic activity at a new hydraulic fracturing operation in eastern Ohio, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry. The newspaper says Statoil is ready to begin hydraulic fracturing of its Pirl South Well in Salem Township and wants to lay 24 linear miles of surface-based seismic monitoring equipment, starting from the well pad and reaching out in all directions. The equipment will provide Statoil non-invasive, real-time monitoring and mapping of well stimulation. For more, read the full story.

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