Ohio dumping ground for fracking waste?

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - The oil and gas industry in Ohio is booming but with the riches come the spoils. In this case, it's the brine. The toxic waste water is a necessary by-product in the process, and Ohio is a popular dumping ground.

Reports show 60 percent of the brine that is injected in Ohio originates in other states.

If you travel Interstate 80 near the state line, you will see a daily influx of tanker trucks coming into Ohio; the majority from our neighbors in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Their destination is one of almost 200 class two injection wells in Ohio where they dispose of their cargo-brine water.

Christian Adams with Environment Ohio submitted a report ‘Fracking by the Numbers.” The report compiles data on the key impacts of the shale drilling industry here. The group claims Ohio law is not tough enough and is allowing the industry to destroy the environment.


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Wednesday’s decision against Turning Point Solar was a serious setback for clean energy. Gov. John Kasich should have shown more leadership (“Dark day for AEP solar project,” Dispatch article, Thursday).

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted 3-1 to strip the Turning Point Solar plan from a larger report about AEP's projected power needs.

Turning Point could be the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi — reducing global-warming pollution by over 70,000 tons a year — and create more than 600 green jobs...


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Sun-catching solar farm to power CMHA's new headquarters in Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood

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CMHA officials expect the solar farm will save millions dollars on electricity over the 30-year life of the panels and they hope the cutting-edge project will burnish the image of one of the nation's largest and oldest public housing authorities.