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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Athens County Commissioners Impressed by Injection Well Site Tour; Permit Appeal Dismissed by State

Protesters engaged in criminal activity at an
injection well in March of this year
From Ohio Gas & Oil:
"From all the complaints and issues I've heard, it wasn't what I expected to see," Commissioner Lenny Eliason said. "It looks like a very clean operation." 
Eliason toured the wells last week at the invitation of the owners. 
"They seem to be a concerned organization, to run things in a proper manner," Eliason said. 
Eliason said he was told the company went beyond the requirements of the law in terms of containment. There is a concrete pad with drains, surrounded by a concrete wall, to capture a spill if one occurs at the storage tanks. Eliason said he was told that setup exceeds legal requirements. 
Eliason said he did not detect any odors at the sites. 
"From my layman's view, it seems to be operating well," Eliason said.
You can read that whole article by clicking here.

In further related news, from The Athens Messenger:
An appeal of a drilling permit for a K&H Partners injection well was dismissed Thursday by the Ohio Oil & Gas Commission. 
“I’m disappointed, but not surprised,” said Andrea Reik of the Athens County Fracking Action Network, which appealed a permit issued last December to K&H Partners for a well near Torch in Troy Twp.

Both the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and K&H Partners filed motions seeking dismissal of the appeal.

In its decision Thursday, the Ohio Oil & Gas Commission said that under Ohio law and an Ohio Supreme Court ruling it lacks jurisdiction to hear the appeal. The commission agreed with ODNR’s argument that the permit that was appealed is a drilling permit, not an injection permit.
Read the rest of that article here. 

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