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Network against injection well, after AthensCounty earthquake

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the Athens County Fracking Action Network after Wednesday's earthquake in Athens County, a first since 1896:

ACFAN considers the Athens County 3.5-magnitude earthquake (11-20-13, epicenter near Doanville, 2 mi. SE of Nelsonville) an alarming occurrence given imminent approval by ODNR of an Athens County injection well that will dump 168,000 gallons a day (63,000,000 gallons/year) of toxic radioactive frack waste below our community. Approval would make the K&H site the largest facility in the state. The 3.5 quake makes it the largest ever recorded in Athens County.
The occurrence of this quake makes it unconscionable and illegal for ODNR to permit the K&H2 well without a seismic survey of the region. Well failure due to future quakes would put the drinking water of tens of thousands of people at risk. Even Tuppers Plains' C-8 treatment cannot clean radioactive water. Underground injection well programs MUST protect drinking water by state and federal law.
The science on induced quakes is clear: injection can cause earthquakes. Whether or not this particular quake was caused by injection wells (the nearest is less than ten miles away), the occurrence demands of ODNR that an adequate seismic study be required before further considering permitting this dangerous well.
People are urged to call and write ODNR Director James Zehringer (614-265-6879; and Chief Simmers (; 330-896-0616) by first thing Thursday morning to demand that this permit be suspended. It may be issued any day.
People are also encouraged to contact USEPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to demand suspension of Ohio permitting until a full USEPA audit is conducted.
for more information visit and ACFAN's injection well page.
Athens County Fracking Action Network,
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