The volume of drilling wastes injected in Ohio grew by nearly 15 percent last year, almost entirely due to increasing in-state Utica shale production.
Data compiled from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show that Ohio accepted more than 16.3 million barrels of liquid waste in 2013 — enough to fill a train of tanker cars nearly 242 miles long.
Waste volume from out-of-state drilling sources remained basically the same from 2012 to 2013. The sharp change came from in-state, as liquids produced in Ohio grew from 5.9 million barrels to nearly 8.1 million barrels, an increase of 36.7 percent.
Trumbull County was the No. 1 destination for the liquid waste in 2013, with more than 2.3 million barrels pumped into underground storage there. Portage County ranked second at almost 2 million barrels. Stark County was ninth with 607,698 barrels.
“Those numbers are not surprising and seem reasonable based on what’s been happening,” in the drilling industry, said Jeffrey Dick, a geology professor at Youngstown State University and an expert on Ohio’s Utica shale.Read the entire article here.
Here is a map from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources showing the locations of active injection wells:
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