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Friday, November 9, 2012

New Deep Injection Wells Planned for Elk and Clearfield Counties

New Deep Injection Wells Planned for Elk and Clearfield Counties

By Susan Phillips
State Impact
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued draft permits for fracking wastewater disposal wells in both Elk and Clearfield counties. The state has only five permitted and operating underground injection disposal wells that take wastewater from oil and gas production. The EPA has issued final permits for two injection wells in Warren County, but they’re under appeal by residents. With the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, the gas industry needs more options to dispose of their waste water. But plans for the wells in Warren, and Clearfield counties have met substantial opposition from residents.

Seneca Resources has also applied to construct a well in Highland Township, Elk County.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how they could inject contaminated water into areas that are considered areas that are or very close to being head waters. What's that old saying? S$%T! rolls down hill....

Anonymous said...

Wow. All that talk of renewable energy sources like wind and solar don't sound so bad now do they??? It's sad that back in late 70's, President Carter promised to have 20% of our energy coming from these by the year 2000. We are 12 yrs. beyond that and we aren't anywhere close.

Anonymous said...

Id like to know how the "environmental protection agency" has the nerve to just say "oh you have millions of gallons of toxic radioactive waste? Just shoot it down in this hole and it will be fine"...Needless to say most of this "brine" never comes back out of the well when its fracked. Must be it magically disappears. Because they said its safe with no environmental impact remember? What happened to the wastewater treatment facilities that big oil promised was going to create all these jobs? Thats right, they got the permits they wanted and bent you all over the table. The good news is, all these drill baby drill idiots seem to be dying off.