Talking Points and more: K&H #4 Injection Well Permit Application. Please comment!

Monroe County Ohio, June 2014 frack waste tanks explode

Talking points for K&H #4 permit application

E-mail comments by Saturday 12-22 to oilandgas@dnr.state.oh.us, including REF: injection well permit application # aPATT033024

or by mail to ODNR Div. of Oil and Gas, 2045 Morse Road, Blg F-2, Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693, (614) 265-6922.

The citizens of Athens County have been protesting applications for Class II injection wells in our county since 2011! ODNR has received hundreds of letters from citizens, public officials, and water districts expressing substantive and relevant concerns about these wells being permitted in our county against our wishes and in spite of extensive scientific evidence of their ability to poison water and air and cause earthquakes, explosions and fires.

This 4th permit for K&H Partners would allow another potential 840,000 gallons of radioactive toxic waste a day to be dumped into a hole in the ground in the community of Torch Ohio, doubling, with this one well, what the three current wells accept altogether. That would potentially mean 306 million gallons of additional waste, for a total of over 600 million gallons being injected annually at this one facility.

Ohio does no water testing to determine if the high pressures necessary to inject this much waste are leading to migration of waste into surface or drinking water supplies. Ohio does not require mapping of aquifers to determine or limit where wells are sited.

Millions of gallons of radioactive, chemical-laden hydrocarbon-based waste are stored onsite, including 2.5 million gallons in one large dome tank, all less and a ¼ mile from the village of Torch. Ohio regulations do not require vapor recovery to capture the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that must be vented regularly in order to prevent explosions. Ohio does not limit or test for air emissions. Ohio does not require lightning arrestors except in urban areas. Explosions and extensive fires have been caused at such facilities in Ohio and elsewhere. Local emergency responders are not trained to deal with such fires.

We have no confidence that ODNR’s oversight program will provide protection to the health and safety of our communities. Ohio law and regulations provide:

  • No air monitoring of volatile organic compounds venting from waste storage tanks
  • No limits on air emissions venting from the waste storage tanks
  • No vapor recovery requirements for waste storage tanks, one of which holds 2.5 million gallons
  • No lightning arrestors on the 2.5 million gallon tank or any others at the site
  • No ground water monitoring for potential contamination of private wells
  • No mapping of aquifers in the region or consideration of aquifer locations for siting of wells
  • No testing for possible migration of contamination through fissures created by high-pressure injection
  • No testing for radioactive material in the waste
  • No seismic monitoring for potential earthquake activity
  • No local control or honoring of community officials’ objections or concerns
  • No monetary, job, or other economic benefits to local communities

Ohio has NEVER granted a public hearing to Athens County officials and citizens to record our grave and substantive concerns, highly relevant to health and safety and good conservation practices, as Ohio injection well law requires. As citizens, we ask for a public hearing in Athens County. The outgoing administration has violated the public trust over and over by denying people our due process to a public hearing. (ORC 1501:9-3H(2)(c))

See acfan.org’s injection well page for research links and more.

Athens County Fracking Action Network acfan.org, acfanohio@gmail.com