State Rep. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown, announced on Friday that he will introduce a resulution in the Ohio Legislature calling for a federal investigation into ground water contamination from oil and gas injection wells.
The resolution, expected to be introduced in the next few weeks, is seeking a study by the Government Accountability Office on the environmental impacts of the injection wells.
Such a request must be approved by Congress before it can proceed.
The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, last looked at the issue in 1989, Hagan said in a letter to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Ohio has 176 wells and more are planned.They take briny wastewater from natural gas and oil wells. They also take fracking liquids. The waste is then injected under pressure inbto underground rock formations.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says injection wells are a safe disposal method.
Ohio's injection wells take large volumes of drilling waste from Pennsylvania.
A closed injection well in the Youngstown area is blamed for a series of 2011-2012 earthquakes.
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