Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to hike the tax that Ohio imposes on drilling wastes that are injected below ground, the Youngstown Vindicator reported on Saturday.
The proposal, part of Senate Bill 315, calls for a fee of 10 cents a barrel on all fracking wastewater that originates in Ohio and a tax of $1 per barrel on all wastes from out of state.
At present, the tax is 5 cents a barrel on Ohio wastes and 20 cents a barrel on wastes from other states.
Ohio has 176 operating injection wells that handled about 12 million 42-gallon barrels of wastes in 2011. That waste produced about $1.5 million in fees for Ohio.
More than half of the waste came from other states, primarily Pennsylvania that has only six injection wells because of its geology.
Most of the tax money would go to creation of an Ohio brine-disposal electronic permitting system, a brine-disposal database, a brine-hauler transponder system, a chemical disclosure rporting system. The money would also allow Ohio to hire 10 new staffers to oversee injection wells.
A portion of the new funds would be used for a statewide geological mapping to find unknown fault lines that could trigger earthquakes like those that hit the Youngstown area in the last year.
An injection well outside Youngstown was closed Dec. 30 because of the quakes.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
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Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.