The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will hold a public hearing on April 15 to consider draft permits the agency has floated to allow two frack wastewater injection wells (Class II) in Coshocton County to be reclassified as Class I wells, allowing them to accept waste other than frack waste.
Buckeye Brine, a relatively young Ohio-based company, owns and operates three shale wastewater injection wells in Coshocton County. Buckeye has operated their three Class II injection wells “flawlessly” for the past five years. No earthquakes. No spills. No leaks back to the surface. Nothing.
Buckeye now wants to re-designate two of the three wells as Class I wells, which would allow them to accept non-shale wastewater–from industrial equipment operators, soap manufacturers, food processors, power plants, and municipal wastewater treatment plants (see Ohio EPA Considers Converting Class II Injection Wells to Class I).
But antis are kicking up a fuss, claiming the change will pollute everything and everyone from here to Timbuktu. Fortunately state regulators are not swayed by such histrionics. The Ohio EPA is accepted public comments on the conversion until late November last year, and subsequently drafted up permits to allow the change. The meeting in April at the Coshocton High School is, frankly, a formality. This is going to happen.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled an April 15 public meeting on draft permits to allow Buckeye Brine to switch its Class 2 brine injection wells in Coshocton County to Class 1 facilities, to handle other industrial liquid wastes.
The facility currently takes brine water from hydraulic fracturing at its three injection wells in Coshocton in east-central Ohio, Kallanish Energy reports. The company has been handling roughly 600,000 gallons of brine per year from Utica Shale production.
The new permits, if approved, would allow Buckeye Brine to switch two of its wells to take other types of non-hazardous waste, including liquid from petroleum refining, metal production, chemical production, pharmaceutical production, commercial disposal, food production and municipal wastewater treatment.
The request is the first time an operator in Ohio has sought to change from Class 2 to Class 1. There are roughly 10 Class 1 wells in the state.
An informational session is set for 6 p.m. at Coshocton High School, immediately followed by a public hearing to accept public comment on the draft permits.
During the meeting, the agency will discuss the draft permits and its review of comments received during the fall of 2018 when the plan came under attack from some in the community.
The EPA has reopened the comment period because of extensive public interest in the project and the number of comments the agency has received.
If the draft permits are approved by the EPA, the injection wells would only be allowed to accept non-hazardous waste.
The wells are designed for injecting wastes far below the lowermost source of drinking water.
The EPA will accept public comment through April 19. To comment or to be added to the mailing list, contact [email protected]*
*Kallanish Energy (Mar 21, 2019) – Ohio Epa sets hearing on switching brine wells
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