Letters to the Editor for 12.05.12
I am writing to help inform the residents of Gilead Township S.E. of the recent Public Notice in the classified ads of the Morrow County Sentinel 11/14, 21, 28 and this week 12/5 and next 12/12, informing the Morrow County residents of an application to permit a Class II injection well at the E. Dumbaugh SWD #1 site.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources currently permits, regulates, and monitors oil/gas and injection wells, of which there are 13 injection wells in Morrow County. The approximately 30 inspectors for the 200,000+ wells in the state and the fact that Pennsylvania and West Virginia hydrofracking flowback “brine” is being injected into Morrow County wells concerns me.
We can encourage the following; R&D for renewable energy, reuse of production water from flowback, mandate safeguards be in place before unsafe conditions occur, full disclosure of all chemicals used in the brine to better protect nearby residents and first responders, and request that Houghton Investments test the water wells within a 1/2 mile radius of the proposed well by a Peer III EPA certified laboratory.
We must ensure that best practices are being used to protect our underground fresh water supply. I encourage you to respond to ODNR within the specified time. A public hearing is possible if citizens voice their questions and concerns.
Thank You, Judith McKirgan, Mt. Gilead
To the Public from the Editor,
A Morrow County resident contacted me with a concern about tire dumping. The citizen wanted to vent without fear of retaliation (by using their name). Typically I would not do this in a Letter to The Editor, but the concern is, in my opinion, legitimate, so I am printing the message on their behalf:
To All Tire Repair Businesses and Their Customers:
More than 100 scrap tires were recently illegally dumped on private property south of Mount Gilead. If you deal with a hauler who is offering below-market rates to dispose of your tires, you may be contributing to an illegal activity that makes your county, where your customers live, a less welcome place.
Many people move to Morrow County in part so that they can be left alone. This independent spirit should include respect for neighbors, and it should not include the illegal dumping of trash, which productive citizens must then spend time and money to clean up. Please make sure that your own scrap tires are disposed of legally, and do your part to stop unlicensed scrap tire haulers and illegal tire disposal.