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Ohio injects 12 million barrels of briny waste in 2011

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2012

Ohio's 177 injection wells handled about 12 million 42-gallon  barrels of briny waste in 2011, and 53 percent of that brine came from Pennsylvania and other states.

In 2010, Ohio had handled about 8.5 million barrels of brine.

Ohio made an estimated $1.5 million in fees imposed on the brine injection wells, the Youngstown Vindicator reported last week.

In 2010, Ohio imposed a fee of 5 cents per barrel on brine that originates in Ohio and a fee of 20 cents a barrel for brine from outside of Ohio.

One injection well near Youngstown closed on Dec. 30 following a dozen earthquakes that Ohio now says is tied to injecting the briny waste under pressure near an unknown fault line 9,000 feet below ground. No problems have been reported at the other 176 injection wells.

Stark and Portage counties are tied for the most injection wells with 16 each.

 

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