Dozens protest Brookfield well

BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Concerns about an injection well near the Brookfield school complex brought approximately 25 people to the township green on Friday, where they exercised their Constitutional rights on Independence Day.

Brookfield Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton sent a letter to trustees earlier this week, voicing the school district’s objections to the well because of its close proximity to the school. Trustees and school officials also sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources asking the agency to deny the permit for American Energy in Cortland.

The protesters spent two hours on Friday voicing concerns of their own.

“My concern is this is going to be the beginning of a love canal, just the beginning. I don’t know how they are going to monitor the liquids that are going to go in there,” resident Dan Bottar said.

The group said they are not against fracking altogether. They are just against where the injection well is going.

American Energy wants to put the well on property off McMullen Drive, near the community water tower and less than 1,500 feet away from the Brookfield school complex.

“This is going to be 1,500 feet from the school property and if you’re putting this down in the ground, some of it is going to come up somewhere and if we start getting children with asthma or cancer clusters or anything, it is going to be a big concern,” Board of Education member Ron Brennan said.

Those who live near McMullen Drive said they are concerned about the truck traffic.

“Route 7 is just a very busy truck road and then to add more by an ‘x’ factor of more tanker trucks with toxic waste coming up and down in front of my house and the neighboring houses, that’s another real concern,” resident Doug Fette said. “Why they would want to put a well when we have all this land, if you go either way on Route 7, there is acres and acres of empty fields with no habitat.”

The ODNR is expected to decide on American Energy’s permit in the next several weeks.

Public hearings were held in February regarding the injection well.

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