Injection well decision expected next month

May 22, 2015
Shale Play

WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio - A decision on whether American Water Management Services Inc. will be permitted to resume operations of its deep-injection well on state Route 169 is expected when the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission reconvenes in June.

Linda Osterman, commission director and hearing officer, said May 14 that the commission is expected to have a decision when it meets June 11, if not sooner.

The commission has been considering testimony from an appeal hearing during which AWMS, a subsidiary of Avalon Holdings Inc. of Howland, asked for a state order that shut down the well to be lifted.

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Both wells at the AWMS site near Niles were idled in September after seismic activity in the area. The shallow well was later allowed to resume operations, but the deep well, which has been tied to the seismic activity, has remained closed.

Injection wells have become a hot topic among area residents and officials. Trumbull, with 19, has more than any other county in Ohio followed by Ashtabula and Stark, each with 18, and Portage with 16.

In recent months, a committee within the Trumbull County Township Association prepared a list of reform proposals for injection well location, operation and testing.

Jack Simon from the Trumbull County Engineer's office said the ultimate goal is to motivate state officials to make change.



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