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Residents drill experts, officials

Public skeptical of injection well explanations

Residents raised questions and concerns Wednesday evening about an injection well planned for Brookfield Township.

Residents raised questions and concerns Wednesday evening about an injection well planned for Brookfield Township.

BROOKFIELD, PA — “Dr. Ray Biersdorfer, a geologist at Youngstown State University, said he has multiple concerns about the validity of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources being the final authority on issuance of permits, because ODNR gets money for each gallon of wastewater dumped in Ohio.

‘It’s a clear conflict of interest for them to be a regulatory agency while receiving revenue from that source,’ he said. He said it was ‘evident’ that drilling practices, however inept, caused the earthquakes in Youngstown, and yet ODNR wouldn’t agree that there was problem until more than 13 earthquakes took place.

‘We were here for 250 years without an earthquake, and 13 days after they start drilling, we have an earthquake. Now that’s certainly a testable hypothesis, but they wouldn’t test it,’ he said.

Other residents expressed concerns about dropping property values, as well as safety risks. ‘You got all these trucks coming over here now and all it takes is one minor accident and we’ve got a big problem,’ one man said.”

— Sandy Scarmack, The Sharon Herald

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