Study says fracking wastewater a major issue in Ohio

Staff report


A new study released Thursday by Environment Ohio found millions of gallons of wastewater are being generated from oil and gas drillers in Ohio each year.

The study conducted by the environmental advocacy group’s research and policy center said 30 million gallons of wastewater are produced here each year.

The study was unveiled in Youngstown on Thursday during a news conference along the Mahoning River, where in January, tens of thousands of gallons of oilfield waste — including brine water — were dumped by an employee working at Hardrock Excavating in Youngstown.

That incident led to federal charges and helped to further polarize the debate regarding the generation and influx of wastewater in Ohio.

The study also said fracking created 4,600 tons of air pollution, affected 1,600 acres and used 1.4 billion gallons of fresh water in Ohio during 2012.

“The bottom line is this: The numbers on fracking add up to an environmental nightmare,” said Christian Adams, of Environment Ohio.

A study released by the American Petroleum Institute in September said the oil and gas industry invested more than the federal government and nearly every other sector of the economy combined between 2000 and 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It also said the industry was responsible for $11.4 billion, or one of every six dollars, invested in renewable-energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass technologies during the same time.

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