A company operating injection wells in Coshocton County has asked regulators to allow a change in its permitting to accept industrial and other nonhazardous waste fluids instead of just oilfield brine.
If Buckeye Brine is successful, it would mark the first time an Ohio Class II injection well was switched to a Class I.
Operators say they’ve been pumping oilfield fluids into rock formations deep underground for several years without incident, that the facility was built to exceed injection-well standards and that the permitting change would provide an environmentally friendly alternative for disposing of nonhazardous waste fluids.
“We’ve operated flawlessly for five years,” said Steve Mobley, company president. “We’re experienced at this business and we’re doing a good thing for the surface waters of the state and making industrial businesses better able to operate affordably.”
But a local environmental group opposes the move, citing continued concerns about toxic fluids being pumped into the ground. Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness, or CECA (http://www.cecaware.org), and its supporters are posting “No Class I Injection Wells” signs along some roads in the vicinity and urging regulators to reject the application. A billboard with the message is planned along Route 16.You can read the rest by clicking here.
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