A statement received today from Thomas Stewart, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, in the wake of reports of illegal dumping of drilling wastes in Youngstown:
We are closely monitoring the situation concerning the alleged disposal of oilfield wastewater, also known as brine, into a storm sewer in Mahoning County.
As representatives of the state’s oil and gas industry, we take our commitment to safeguard Ohio’s environment very seriously. Though facts about the incident are still coming to light, if a person or company purposely violated Ohio’s laws and regulations concerning the proper disposal of oilfield wastewater, we believe that they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
According to Ohio law, all wastewater generated during oil and gas activity must be disposed of in one of the state’s 179 Class II injection wells.
About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,200 members involved in the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the state of Ohio.
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