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D&L seeks state OK for injection well near Route 82 in Brookfield Township


Published: Fri, November 16, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Burton Speakman

bspeakman@vindy.com

BROOKFIELD

D&L Energy has applied for a permit for a new injection well in the Mahoning Valley, the first since the moratorium was lifted by the state after several earthquakes in the Youngstown area.

The proposed location is off state Route 82 near the intersection with Warner Road, according to the permit request to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Brookfield Township site was chosen because the geology made sense, and there have been successful injection wells in the area, said Vince Bevacqua, spokesman for D&L Energy.

The application for a permit does not mean the company has made a final decision about locating an injection well at the site, he said.

There have been four permits issued since the state’s new laws regarding injection wells went into effect and the moratorium on new well permits was lifted, said Heidi Hetzel-Evans, spokeswoman for ODNR. None of the permit locations is within the Mahoning Valley.

The proposed injection depth of the Brookfield Township well would be between 7,600 and 8,500 feet, “well above the Precambrian level in the Mahoning Valley,” she said.

“There are still about 30 permits [pending]. We’ll keep working through them through the end of the current year and possibly into next year,” Hetzel-Evans said.

The injection-well moratorium for the 7-mile extended range around the D&L injection-well site on Ohio Works Drive in Youngstown remains intact, she said. The Ohio Works Drive well is the location that ODNR has stated was most likely the cause of several earthquakes in the Youngstown area. D&L has disputed ODNR’s findings.

The company was never accused of doing anything not allowed within its permit from ODNR.

Since the moratorium was put in place, the state has approved new regulations that provide ODNR with the ability to require seismic testing before, during and after injection, said Hetzel-Evans.

“Each injection well is different,” she said.

ODNR also uses experts from other agencies in its reviews and has much more leeway and legal authority for enforcement, Hetzel-Evans said.

“The new requirements didn’t make the application process different. D&L Energy will continue to comply with all regulatory requirements,” Bevacqua said.

D&L received approval in October from ODNR for improvement plans for an injection-well site that had been permitted before the moratorium along state Route 7 near North Lima.

The company says it has no plans to dispose of brine water at the North Lima site until either the end of the year or the beginning of 2013.


Comments

1CompMan(125 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

This is not a vital natural gas production well that will create jobs and wealth for the area. Residents near the proposed Class II toxic brine injection site support responsible production drilling for natural gas and do not want to be confused with anti-fracking groups. This well will dump toxic brine water from out of state and in-state into a residential area, with over 2,800 residents within a 3 mile radius and 800 within a 1 mile radius, where only private well water is available on a potential earthquake fault line. There is also 33 abandoned coal mines in this immediate area mostly filled with water. ODNR has heard and read residents lawful requests and has advised in writing on October 10 a formal public hearing regarding potential health, safety and seismic activity will be held at a time and location to be yet determined. Brookfield trustees also this month passed a (non binding with ODNR) resolution to ban injection wells where public water does not exist in residental areas. Residents may or may not be successful in having the permit denied, but our request for an area of review for this residentially located injection well will be heard. Of course, D & L Energy can be a good neighbor and withdraw their permit application and work with township trustees for more appropriate locations in the townships. D & L's reputation in this area could stand some rebranding and by withdrawing their pemit request it would go a long way to do this. It is also interesting that ODNR stands to earn close to $10,000 per day every day per each injection well based upon 50% instate and out of state tax fees per gallon dumped. All of these fees fund soley ODNR with no funds to local or state coffers.

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2redcent(38 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The country’s push to find clean domestic energy has zeroed in on natural gas, but cases of water contamination have raised serious questions about the primary drilling method being used. Vast deposits of natural gas, large enough to supply the country for decades, have brought a drilling boom stretching across 31 states, including eastern Ohio. The drilling technique being used, called hydraulic fracturing, shoots water, sand and toxic chemicals into the ground to break up rock and release the gas.

A series of contamination incidents have raised questions about an EPA study finding hydraulic fracturing safe and ignited a debate over whether the chemicals used in fracking may threaten the nation's increasingly precious drinking water supply.

Check it out yourself, and decide.

http://www.propublica.org/series/frac...

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3BIGDRILL(36 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Oh no, not in my back yard. How many times have we heard this? The disposal methods being used are mandated by the state and the state has control over each location. Deep well disposal puts the brine thousands of feet below the fresh water horizons and there is no contamination of drinking water.

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4James_S(268 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks for the info Compman and redcent. I'm hoping your voices will be heard. Sadly, it's "their" $$$MONEY$$$ that trumps common "cents" when talking about these hazardous wells.

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5JoeFromHubbard(970 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Worried about brine injection?

Winter road conditions will soon be upon us and government at all levels will be spreading "toxic" chemicals upon our roadways.

Where is the outrage about this?

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6Bigben(1996 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If the so called brine water was safe why doesn't PA want it?????????? Is there something special about Ohio dirt? Doesn't PA need those thousands of jobs that will be created . Don't they need to grow their economy over there ? Ohio government must be smarter I guess.

As far as drilling and injecting the two spring from the same industry. Horizontal fracking produces the fracking fluid waste so the two are inseparable from the processes it stands to date.

I know I would sleep better at night knowing the state approved of an injection well near me as long as hell freezes over first.

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7oilguy82(9 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I like how D&L cant give there employees raises or provide decent insurance but can spend millions on an injection well. They dont pay there bills or any of there vendors and have tons of law suits and judgements against them.PAY YOU BILLS DEAD BEATS. Ben Lupo is a crock of s***!

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8JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Millions spent on compliance with little gratitude. Perhaps oilguy82 should start his own company and show how it's done.

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9oilguy82(9 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

oilguy82 does. My company isnt on the verge of being bankruptcy 11 months out of the year like them. and we pay our bills.

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10BIGDRILL(36 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

It take a special breed to survive in the oil and gas business without the whine. During tuff times and low prices engineers in Texas flipped burgers until the next boom. There was no need for them unless drilling was going on. During the boom they went to work for battle scarred companies who had surived to drill yet another day.

Today once again during tough times a boom is emerging during very low natural gas prices. New regulations in the disposal of brine mandate the drilling of disposal wells. Investors are taking a chance that prices will go up and give them a return. There was no Obama bailout for these companies as GM had enjoyed. Investment money is giving these battle damaged companies new life. THANK GOD FOR THEIR TENACITY TO ENDURE!

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11oilguy82(9 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

@JS how about them millions spent on compliance? Nothing like charging for disposal and dumping it in a storm drain! HA up yours!

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12JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

"HA up yours!" ?

With a comment like that you may be a couple of quarts low.

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