If injection wells are closed, drilling will leave Valley, owner says


The owner of two brine-injection wells on state Route 169 hopes government officials won’t take steps to shut his business down in the aftermath of Sunday’s magnitude-2.1 earthquake.

“Certainly this is a business, but it’s a vital business,” said Ron Klingle, CEO of Howland-based Avalon Holdings, which owns the two wells under the name American Water Management Services.

If injection wells are not available to accept the wastewater from gas and oil drilling, it is likely to eliminate drilling activity here, he said.

“It could significantly harm our community,” he said.

Klingle also is chairman of the Western Reserve Port Authority, which operates the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and conducts economic-development activities.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the agency is continuing to evaluate data from nine seismometers “to determine if any correlation can be made and whether any regulatory action is necessary.”

Two Weathersfield Township trustees wrote letters to ODNR and USGS Wednesday asking that they increase seismic monitoring in the township because of the quake.

The organization Frackfree Mahoning Valley on Wednesday issued a news release asking that brine injection at the Weathersfield wells be shut down because of the possibility that more earthquakes could follow.

Seismic activity in 2011 did close the Northstar 1 brine injection well on Ohio Works Drive in Youngstown.

Read the complete story in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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