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Shale industry company may move to Campbell

Published: 11/8/12 @ 12:08


By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

CAMPBELL

A company that cleans wastewater from shale drilling so it can be reused is considering moving to Campbell; its proposal includes one or more injection wells for waste disposal.

The company, ESI Enviro, LLC, would move to 15 acres of old Sheet and Tube Co. property the city owns to the right of a new bridge on Bob Cene Way in the brownfields along the Mahoning River, said 4th Ward Councilman Robert Yankle.

The public is invited to comment and ask questions at a hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the city building, 31 Tenney Ave. Council President George Levendis said Campbell residents will have the chance to speak first, then council will listen to people from other communities.

“We are going to give them the land,” Yankle said Wednesday, adding that the city cannot do anything with it because there is 500,000 cubic feet of asbestos buried there.

The company will not be able to dig there to build its plant, he said. Two buildings, water storage tanks and a processing system will have to be built above the ground.

Yankle said city council met with company representatives Oct. 24. Council was told that the injection well or wells would not be high-pressure. They will be 3,000 to 4,000 feet deep, and would not pose the same threat of earthquakes the injection well near Salt Springs Road in Youngstown did before it was shut down after a magnitude 4.0 quake hit the Youngstown area last Dec. 31.

That well, drilled to 9,000 feet and owned by D&L Energy, was linked to that quake and a series of smaller ones in preceding months.

Yankle said a lot of the contaminants the company is removing from the wastewater will be recycled.

“What isn’t recycled will be going into the well,” he said.

Yankle said the company would initially employ 15 people. It would invest $500,000 into its plant.

The city would get 33 cents per gallon of wastewater, and they expect to process 100,000 to 300,000 gallons per year.


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