A coalition of environmental groups and citizens are appealing to the federal government to suspend Ohio’s authority to oversee deep injection of fracking waste water. Ideastream’s Michelle Kanu reports.
The groups sent a letter to the Midwest region head of the US EPA last week asking for a thorough review of Ohio’s injection well program.
Teresa Mills is an organizer with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. She says the federal investigation into the waste water dumping incident in Youngstown earlier this year prompted the letter.
Mills: “After the story broke on the illegal dumping in Youngstown, Governor Kasich called for ODNR to investigate why this company had been receiving permits when they had had so many violations. And we didn’t feel that it was right to have the agency that permits and enforces permitting actually investigate themselves.”
Mills says the groups want a federal agency to ensure Ohio’s injection wells are inspected consistently and thoroughly.
She says the letter also reflects the sentiments of communities that feel they don’t have any power to control drilling in their own neighborhoods.
Mills: ”It shows the frustration that citizens are feeling about this entire process. The lack of any say.”
The groups have not yet received a response from the EPA.