Sat. 8:20 p.m.: Ohio on receiving end of fracking waste

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – Residents working to fend off a proposal to place a wastewater injection well along Hubbard Masury Road said this fight is about more than just their community.

One trustee thinks it sends the wrong message about the entire state of Ohio.

“We’ve absolutely become a dumping ground,” said Rick Hernandez.

Data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows from 2012 to so far in 2018, more than 91 million barrels of brine from the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry in Ohio have been injected into class II injection wells in Ohio. That equates to more than 3.8 billion gallons of brine – a salt / water mix used to extract natural gas from below ground shale formations.

ODNR numbers also show that more than 85 million barrels – 3.5 billion gallons – of brine produced outside the state have been injected into Ohio’s injection wells between 2012 and so far this year.

Steve Irwin, ODNR spokesman, said the regulatory environments in Ohio and Pennsylvania may lead drilling companies to choose to inject their waste in Ohio.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.