Special to the Times
A meeting organized by residents opposed to injection wells in the Torch area will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Coolville Firehouse.
Five residents of the community and the fire chief went before the Athens County Commission on Thursday about their opposition to K&H1, owned by K&H Partners of Parkersburg, which was permitted earlier this year and has been receiving waste since the spring. K&H2 was permitted on Monday, a spokesman for the residents said.
They were concerned with environmental impacts, safety and impacts upon property values.
A comment from the company was not immediately available.
Bonnie Kibble said she didn't know about the first K&H injection well until it was built because the public announcement ran only in The Athens Messenger. Living closer to Parkersburg, Kibble said she reads The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
The K&H1 announcement ran for one day in late December 2011, she said.
"What's in the brine? If this stuff is safe, why has everything been done in such an underhanded manner? We're taxpayers, trying to do what Americans do, living on the land, paying our taxes. We know it's being pumped into rural areas all over the country. It's not right," she said. "We've heard booms. There has been no seismic study. We're upset. We think our voice should be heard."
Kibble asked the commissioners to speak to other commissioners around the state through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio to make public residents' concerns.