Injection wells are a reality in county; speak up

Washington County has 11 injection wells that are used for the disposal of waste from the oil and gas industry. The waste, often labeled as brine, also contains radium (if it comes from a shale well) and undisclosed chemicals that could be hazardous to the environment.

An application for another injection well in Washington County has been submitted to Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This proposed injection well’s location is Dunham Township, Section 23, west side of Ohio 339, south side of Washington County 3, just southwest of Veto and the Marples subdivision. The application says the company (Redbird Development) expects to inject an average of 1,800 barrels (max. 3,600 barrels) of brine, flowback, drilling fluids, and drilling muds per day. The well would penetrate to a depth of 5,800 to 6,100 feet into the Clinton/Medina formations. The site will be typical of drilling sites: there will be gravel and/or concrete roads and pads, a truck unloading area, tank battery, containment pit, video, lights, and security.

The public notice about this application ran Feb. 11-15 in the Marietta Times. Citizens have 15 calendar days after the last day of the public notice to make comments/objections to ODNR. You may also request a public hearing about the proposed well. Comments can be sent by email to rick.simmers@dnr.state.oh.us and tom.tomastik@dnr.state.oh.us or mailed to Rick Simmers and Tom Tomastik, both at 2045 Morse Road, Bldg F-2, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Simmers is the chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management and Tomastik heads the Underground Injection Control program. You can also contact Tomastik for a copy of the application.

Catherine Schafer

Marietta