Niles Bans Injection Wells

Niles Bans Injection Wells by wkbn, August 22, 2012
A pair of proposed deep brine injection wells in Weathersfield Township got the attention of residents and trustees. Now, opposition is growing next door in Niles. “The property’s adjacent right to Niles, also it’s five blocks from downtown so we’re very concerned,” Niles Mayor Ralph Infante said.  Niles joined Weathersfield Township trustees on Wednesday, passing a resolution to ban all injection wells in the city and township. That includes the proposed site off state Route 169 next to Niles Commerce Park. “Niles has a lot more teeth than the township to oppose these wells,” said Weathersfield Township Trustee Steven Gerberry. “They’re affected just as much as we are as the brine’s going to be travelling through the city, most likely, to get to those injection wells.” Residents came to the council meeting armed with information about recent earthquakes centered around injection wells in Ashtabula and Mahoning Counties. But, elected officials were already on board with the ban. “They bring all the brine from other areas and put it down into a well underground, and here it’s going to be in Niles and Weathersfield,” Infante said. “So why do we want brine, dirty, smelly, why do we want it here?” … “ODNR has never denied a permit in their history,” McDonald resident John Williams said. “If they deny this permit, it’ll be the first.”

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