The Seismic section was created in 2012 after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake with over 4,000 felt-reports was caused by injection of brine at a Class II well in Youngstown. The Seismic section continuously monitors seismic activity in real-time across Ohio to determine if any recorded seismic events may be related to oil and gas well completion (hydraulic fracturing) or injection activities. The Division receives data from more than 90 seismic stations. The section is widely regarded as a national model.
In September of 2015, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), both of which ODNR is a member of, released a primer providing guidance in mitigating risks of induced seismic events.