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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Company Appeals Ongoing Shutdown of Injection Well

From Business Journal Daily:
A company fighting to reopen an injection well operation in Weathersfield Township along state Route 169 is taking its case to the 10th District Court of Appeals. 
American Water Management Services LLC, Howland, has filed a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeals, 10th Appellate District of Franklin County, asking the court to overturn an order the Franklin County Common Pleas Court issued last month. 
On Dec. 18, the common pleas court dismissed American Water’s request that the judge overturn a decision by the state Oil and Gas Commission, which upheld an earlier order by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to shut down the injection well. 
In September 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Chief Richard Simmers ordered American Water’s two injection wells in Weathersfield Township be shut down in the aftermath of a small earthquake recorded near the deeper well. American Water appealed to the Oil and Gas Commission, which in August sided with ODNR, affirming the agency’s authority to shut down the wells. 
Last year, the moratorium was lifted for the shallower of the two wells.
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