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Top Ohio counties for injected drilling waste dumping: 1. Portage, 2. Washington and 5. Noble

July 15, 2013

AKRON— Booming energy production in shale formations has made a northeast Ohio county the top location in the state for underground injection of drilling wastes....

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Jul-15-13 8:21 AM

Ohio is already home to many hundreds of millions of gallons of fracking wastewater. "State records show that 12.2 million barrels of fracking waste and brine were injected in the first half of 2012, 56 percent of which came from Pennsylvania and West Virginia," There are 179 disposal wells in Ohio, many more than in neighboring states.

So not much drilling here except for Disposal wonder we don't hear much about Jobs, we're just a dumping place for everyone else...

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Jul-15-13 8:40 AM

Federal commerce protections forbid one state from imposing tariffs or bans on legally shipped commodities from other states.

Since when is toxic fracking waste a commodity??...

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Jul-15-13 8:57 AM

The header is frightening, but nowhere does it define, "waste". What is the waste being deposited deep under the surface? And, what is "deep"?

Anyone out there with answers? If so, please share with the blogosphere & the paper.

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Jul-15-13 9:26 AM

Screw the "federal commerce protections", Ohio should quit accepting hazardous waste from other states.

Eventually, such wastes will affect our children's health.

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Jul-15-13 9:33 AM

This is one of the prime reasons we are looking at property outside the county. (Bradford, Pa, anyone? Damascus, etc) Talk to these people - I have to a couple at least - or read their testimonies. Land value - kapoot, fishing and game? gone. And we're next on the list. "Welcome to Washington County, Ohio - fouling ourselves so other states can stay clean"

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Jul-15-13 9:34 AM

DevilsAdvocate , the information you seek is available from the Ohio EPA, go to their web site to learn about all 3 types of injection wells that are used in Ohio.

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Jul-15-13 10:13 AM

Whenever this starts killing people, wil the politicians and companies who thought this is such a good idea be charged with criminal negligence? And, be held responsible for damages and clean up? Or, will the tax payers have to pay for it in this unending trend of corporate welfare and absence of accounatibility in the name of the almight dollar in the United States?

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Jul-15-13 10:49 AM

@Devil, for starters...

Naturally occurring radioactive materials, known by the acronym NORM, are common in gas drilling waste. Radium, a potent carcinogen, is among the most dangerous of these metals because it gives off radon gas and takes 1,600 years to decay.

Just do a search on "fracking wastewater"..

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Jul-15-13 10:59 AM

any of the chemicals used in the fracking process are proven toxins.  These include benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, methanol, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, glycol ethers, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and others, which are hazardous if inhaled, ingested, or contacted by the skin and are considered caustic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.  Of the hundreds of chemicals tested by Endocrine Disruption Exchange, they report that 93% of them affect health and 43% are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are man-made chemicals that, when absorbed into the body, mimic hormones or block hormones and disrupt the body’s normal function. They have been linked to infertility, ADHD, autism, diabetes, thyroid disorders.  Even childhood and adult cancers have been found to be linked to fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors.

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Jul-15-13 11:13 AM

The more I read on this subject it's seems about as safe as a spoonful of plutonium for breakfast...

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Jul-15-13 11:52 AM

Cleaning the fracking water and making it safe for the eco system--including the people who live here--is expensive. These companies don't want anything cutting into their profit margins--and to heck with those of us who live here.

The executives from the big oil companies don't live here, don't raise their families here and don't care what happens here. We're nothing more than their toilet.

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Jul-15-13 3:12 PM

If it's so safe, why are we having earthquakes? - And how can we not say that a quake couldn't break into the aquifer system?

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Jul-15-13 4:11 PM

So here's my question - most of us understand the concern, recognize the dangers, and in one case is apparently leaving the county (and taking his/her taxes with them), so what do we do about it? It's our county, right? Why are we here posting anonymously, lamenting our future land values, drinking water, and rec. lands? So what (and I'm not being rhetorical, I'm actually asking) can we do BEFORE it's a lost cause, BEFORE there's no point left, BEFORE we become an example of the problem others point to?

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Jul-15-13 4:56 PM

The oil/gas drillers will keep dumping in Ohio as long as John Kasich is govern. He has sold his soul to them cheap it only cost the lives of Ohioans.

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Jul-15-13 5:41 PM

Josg,Ask and the rest of the regulars..I will direct my answer towards you folks...Flintknapper..I think I MIGHT know her identity and refuse to converse with her.The tree huggers are 100% responsible for this mess.We WOULDNT be drilling either of these formations(Utica,Marc) if we COULD drill offshore.But this so called president felt it was more important that foreign countries benefit the offshore wells and fields and LENT THEM US TAX $$ TO FIND IT while we were withheld from the race.ANWAR in Alaska was set aside with 1 reason and goal in drill for oil..but the tree huggers stopped it as well.They dont care where it comes from,they dont like energy except when THEY want it to run around in their PRIUS.

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Jul-15-13 5:46 PM

And then the Gasland hoax..he had a propane tank hooked to his tap.Also,methane has been coming to the surface without fracking for ions before man even hit the earth.Those springs were able to be lit because of shallow meth deposits bubbling to the top as they ALWAYS have.Im not saying that the disposal wells are safe.They are 9,000 feet deeper than the water table with 5000 feet of solid limestone (Big Lime) between the water table and the TD on the well.

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Jul-15-13 5:49 PM

The Utica and Marc arent even 1% drilled in this state,By the time it does fire up,there wont be dirty water to dispose of.Norweigens(bad spell) are taking care of a economically feasible method of cleaning the water as we speak and it works.

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Jul-15-13 5:51 PM

Gasland didnt even have anything to do with disposal wells anyway.Fracking and disposal are 2 diff subjects

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Jul-15-13 5:55 PM

Get this anti American,anti coal,anti energy,anti christian,anti contitutional pres out of the W/house and get a REAL man or woman who LIKES the USA to run the show for a while.Not a union organizer who has never worked a day inhis life

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Jul-15-13 6:51 PM

Dumping On January 31, 2013, the company Hard Rock Excavating was found dumping an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of fracking waste into a storm drain, which eventually emptied into the Mahoning River. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency later found documents showing that Ben W. Lupo, a partner in several companies headquartered at the site, and owner of both D&L Energy and Hard Rock, instructed an employee to dump the wastewater down the drain.

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Jul-15-13 6:57 PM

Asbestos was once touted as the best thing coming down the pike in insulation, how do you like it now? Honorable profits are great, profit now, let the govt. pay later, just like the brown site near route 7, are not honorable.....

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Jul-16-13 7:57 AM

Quoting web sites, news media and others on this subject doesn't help. A open forum with knowledgeable people from both sides is the only way to understand this. Armchair knowledge tends to be biased.

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Jul-25-13 10:50 PM

The people of Eastern Athens County should be aware of the 14 injection wells recently drilled on the former Beha Farm property, across the county road from the State Roadside Rest at Torch, Ohio.

My suspicion is; bring waste in from out of state by river barge, unload it a New Matamoras, truck it to Torch and stick it in the ground.

I wonder why the people don't want it in the ground in the state from which it originated? (SNARK!)

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Jul-31-13 1:53 PM

Whatever your political persuasion, one thing is for sure, this article will not help property value. Obama or Romney your pick - they'll be going to next door to Athens County where they aren't as worried about the water they drink - whether it is a perceived problem or real.

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Aug-05-13 9:13 PM

Chestor05 - One ironic point about it is, the good people of the city of Athens, Ohio were considering legislation support to prevent hydraulic fracture well activity within 50 miles of the city. Although brine injection disposal is not exactly the same issue, I'd say they are close to being a day late and a dollar short. SORRY, ATHENS!

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