Ban Injection

Ohio Injection Well Fact Sheet

Disposal of waste from the gas and oil industry into Class II injection wells has been gaining attention due to causing earthquakes and to the devastating impacts the waste has on human health and the environment.

The waste contains undisclosed highly toxic chemicals including benzene, xylene, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and heavy metals such as strontium as well as significant levels of radioactivity such as radium-226 and 228.

Many existing Class II wells are old production wells that do not even meet the current inadequate state standards for injection.

Class II injection wells in Ohio receive oil and gas industry liquid waste from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states. They are not designed to receive hazardous waste and create serious risks to human health and the environment. Class II wells provide no known benefit to communities and do not foster job growth. 

Ohio must ban the disposal of gas and oil waste into Class II injection wells.

Ohio must ban the use of gas and oil waste on roads and other surfaces regardless if it has been treated in a public water system or treatment process.

Ohio must bans the practice of enhanced recovery which is stimulating a producing well by injection gas and oil waste into the old product well forcing oil toward a producing well.

Ohio must prohibit converting a well to use for any other purpose than its original purpose.

Did you know under current Ohio Law:

The public has NO input into the permitting process for an injection well? Any oil/gas well in Ohio can be turned into an injection well accepting millions of gallons of toxic waste? Class II Injection wells accept waste from oil/gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking waste)? 

Radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters has been found to exceed the U.S.EPA safe drinking limits by up to 3,600 times and federal industrial discharge limits set by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency by more than 300 times?
In 2004, the Ohio Legislature approved H.B. 278 that took control of drilling and waste disposal away from local communities?

Oil and gas industry waste is legally exempt from federal hazardous waste regulations and from important portions of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act? However, it still remains hazardous. 
State and federal records reveal that during the years 2007 to 2010 one out of every six injection wells inspected failed mechanical integrity testing?

Write a letter (or three)

Write a letter to your Ohio State Senator, Representative and the editor of your local paper informing of your concerns about injection wells.

Sample Letter:


As a [mom/dad/grandparent], I am very concerned about toxic, radioactive chemicals being injected into the ground here in Ohio.I am upset by the huge volume of chemicals being dumped in our communities on a daily basis. I am upset that we have no say in this bombardment since I know that these chemicals are known to cause cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive disorders.

I was shocked to learn that under current law, this highly toxic, radioactive waste is not treated as hazardous waste.You cannot simply regulate away the hazardousness, toxicity, and radioactivity of chemicals. I hope that Sen./Rep.[Name] does the right thing in this Legislature by supporting HBSB Citizens Bill to Ban Class II Injection Wells.



[Name] [Address]


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