MARIETTA — “Johnson said Ohio’s oil and gas statutes are inadequate.
‘Ohio is essentially becoming the dumping ground for wastewater from oil and gas operations,’ he said, noting that some hydraulic fracturing waste includes radioactive materials like radium, strontium and cadmium.
‘Contamination happens,’ Johnson said. ‘The oil and gas industry reports show routine leaks in oil and gas wells that allow these chemicals to bubble to the surface.’
He said between 2007 and 2010 one in seven injection wells inspected showed integrity violations in the state.
‘And more than 90 percent, or 58,000 wells go uninspected every year in Ohio,’ Johnson added. “And companies found in violation are rarely penalized.’”
— Sam Shawver, Marietta Times