A new bill would halt the disposal of potentially-toxic fracking waste into injection wells in Ohio.
The legislation proposed by Reps. Denise Driehaus and Bob Hagan would ban the use of Class II fracking injection wells. Hagan says waste from hydraulic fracturing is full of unknown chemicals, and is largely unregulated:
Hagan says injection wells need to be banned until a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of fracking waste can be found. A similar bill has been introduced in the Ohio Senate by Mike Skindell.
The Oil and Gas Association has expressed concerns the ban would essentially shut down the oil and gas industry in the region.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, an estimated 14 million barrels of brine and liquid waste were accepted into the state’s 178 active injection wells in 2012.