Youngstown councilwoman seeks ban on injection wells, knowing it’s unenforceable

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Youngstown councilwoman seeks ban on injection wells, knowing it’s unenforceable

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A city councilwoman is sponsoring an ordinance to ban injection wells in Youngstown even though she and other city officials say the proposal is unenforceable.

The bill’s lone sponsor, Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, said she hopes council approves the ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. The proposal would ban all new and existing well sites used to dispose of brine wastewater, a byproduct of fracking.

Even if council doesn’t pass the proposal on Wednesday, “it will create a lot of conversation,” she said. “I’m sure they’re going to discuss it.”

Tarpley acknowledges the state and not the city “has the right to oversee” the permitting of injection wells.

The proposal is “not illegal, but it’s unenforceable,” said city Law Director Anthony Farris. “It’s largely a symbolic measure and not enforceable unless the state law changes.”

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