Although Frackfree Mahoning Valley wants all waste injection to stop, the group’s current focus is on the following three northeastern Ohio injection well sites where injection could occur if permitted by ODNR Chief Simmers: Vienna, Ohio; Weathersfield/ Niles, Ohio; and Coitsville, Ohio.
Especially concerning is the Weathersfield/Niles AWMS injection well site, as American Water Management Services (AWMS) has apparently appealed ODNR’s closing of the deeper well due to ODNR’s concerns about public health and safety of the local community.
In Vienna the well is very near a family home and way too close to the airport. ODNR’s suggestion that they will take action if seismic activity is detected by monitors is not good enough to protect the community. Any potential quakes must be prevented in the first place. Once the fault is destabilized, the harm cannot be undone. Does the current operation have lightning protection? Even if it does, it still must be stopped due to being located close to an area of known seismic activity.
The Coitsville injection well is being plugged back presumably to be put into operation in the future. It is also too close to the Khalil injection well for which ODNR set a precedent by denying a permit to inject since it is too close to areas of known seismic activity, including the site of the New Year’s Eve 2011 magnitude 4.0 quake. A Frackfree Mahoning Valley July 11, 2016 news release contains many links to background information on the Coitsville and local injection well situations and can be found here: http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/2016/07/prayer-service-rally-july-12-2016.html
There is no good solution to the problem of the constant creation of millions of gallons of waste fluid. Where will it all go? Ohio, or any area, cannot be used as a dumping ground for fracking waste or any kind of waste. We are not a sacrifice zone. The public health, safety, and well-being must be protected.
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