Injection well planned in Brookfield

BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Residents raised questions and concerns Wednesday evening about an injection well planned for Brookfield Township.

But there’s not much they can do to stop it from being built. Cortland-based American Energy Associates Inc., submitted an application in early December to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources seeking approval to build a Class II saltwater injection well drilled 8,500 feet below the surface at State Route 7 and McMullen Drive.

The well would be used to dispose of water and waste from fracking by the oil and gas industry. The company’s owner, Bob Barnett, told the crowd he will take much more precaution than D & L Energy’s North Star injection well, which caused dozens of earthquakes in and around Youngstown before it was shut down in 2012.

“The reason I’m saying I’m not going to cause an earthquake is because I’m not going to exceed these pressures, I’m not even going to be near these pressures. Why do you think I’m not forcing this thing? These guys get greedy and they want to just ramrod this stuff in there and you can’t do that,” Barnett said.

Some residents, and members of Frack Free Mahoning Valley, raised questions and concerns about the well’s proximity to the school and water tower in Brookfield. Ultimately, it’s up to the state to approve or reject the permit application.

American Energy already operates about 80 wells in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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