D&L Energy prepares North Lima brine-injection well
D & L Energy Group, which operated a brine-injection well suspected of causing 11 earthquakes during 2011, began the final construction phase for a similar well in North Lima on Monday.
After the Ohio Department of Natural Resources approved the company’s improvement plans, it will move forward with a final construction phase expected to take about one week.
D & L plans to apply a cement footing to the bottom of the well that will prevent injected material from entering lower rock formations. After the footing is tested, a bore pipe will be re-inserted and the well-site will be ready for operations just off state Route 7.
However, the company says it has no plans to dispose of brine water at the site until either the end of the year or the beginning of 2013.
Unlike fracking, which uses water, chemicals and sand to crack shale rock formations thousands of feet below the earth’s surface and extract natural gas and oil, injection wells are used to dispose of the chemical-laced wastewater used during the fracking process, otherwise known as brine.