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The drilling wastes handled by Ohio’s injection wells grew by nearly 35 percent in 2014.
The total volume was 22 million barrels of liquid wastes, up from 16.3 million gallons in 2013, based on data compiled from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The volume of in-state waste grew from 8.1 million barrels in 2013 to 10.7 million barrels in 2014. That’s a 32 percent hike.
The out-of-state wastes, mostly from Pennsylvania and West Virginia, grew from 8.2 million barrels to 11.2 million barrels in 2014. That’s a 37 percent jump.
Ohio’s total volume is about 924 million gallons. There are 42 gallons per barrel.
That’s enough liquid drilling waste to fill a train of tanker cars that is 326 miles long, enough to stretch from Akron 17 miles past Charleston, W. Va.
Ohio’s injection volumes grew by nearly 15 percent in 2013.
Ohio has 201 active injection wells with another 36 permitted but not yet built.
The No. 1 destination for injection is Coshocton County with 3.4 million barrels in 2014. That was equally divided between in-state and out-of-state shipments.
No. 2 was Athens County with 2.7 million barrels. Most of that came from out of state, likely from West Virginia.
Trumbull County was third with 2.3 million barrels and Portage County was No. 4 with nearly 1.9 million barrels.
Other counties in the Top 10 were Muskingum, Guernsey, Washington, Ashtabula, Noble and Stark (10th with nearly 574,000 barrels).Read more by clicking here.
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