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Monday, July 1, 2013

As Shale Boom Continues, the Waste Comes to Ohio

From The Columbus Dispatch:
In 2012, 14.2 million barrels of fracking fluids and oil and gas waste were injected in Ohio disposal wells, according to data compiled by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That’s a 12 percent increase from 2011.
That increase was driven by waste removed from Marcellus shale wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. State data show that Ohio disposal wells injected 8.16 million barrels of waste from other states, a 19 percent increase from 2011.
Environmental-advocacy groups, which consider spent fracking fluids a pollution threat to groundwater and streams, said the new numbers heighten their fears.
“I think we’ve been the sacrifice zone for the oil and gas industry long enough,” said Teresa Mills, fracking coordinator for the Buckeye Forest Council. “How much can we take before there are more earthquakes and before (drinking water) wells are contaminated?”
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