September 25, 2018-
Local leaders are still lobbying the state to have more control over fracking brine disposal wells. Hubbard township officials are bitterly opposed to a plan to bring a waste brine disposal well to the township. Brine from Pennsylvania operations would be transported to an area near 62 and route 80 for disposal. Pa. has concerns over geology and contamination from the brine.
“The irony is Pennsylvania doesn’t allow them to put them in the ground because of that, but they will put it in the ground in Ohio. If it’s poisonous and toxic in Pa., it’s poisonous and toxic in Ohio,” Trustee Tom Jacobs said. State law gives the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sole jurisdiction over the wells. “State law gives ODNR division of oil and gas sole and exclusive authority over all oil and gas operations throughout the state. So whether its an injection well or a producing well that all falls under our purview,” said Steve Irwin of ODNR. The state does gather public opinion before permitting wells. But state Representative Glen Holmes says that’s not enough.