Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 09:08 AM EST By:
WJAC Web Staff
HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Marcellus shale injection well in a small Elk County community has been approved by the EPA.
That well is to receive fracking waste water and brine which will be injected deep into the earth for disposal, and Highland Township officials are not happy.
The biggest concern is that the receiving well will only be about a mile from the James City water supply, and the Secretary Treasurer of Highland Township Christy Reigel fears it could become contaminated.
“Nobody wants injections wells because everybody knows what it does to the environment,” said Reigel.
Last year leaders drafted an ordinance banning those kinds of wells in the township, but officials said Seneca resources will not honor it.
“They send us a letter saying they were going to ore less take us to court and try to have us revoke the ordinance,” said Reigel. “We have so many wells that are out in the middle of nowhere, miles from people and our water resource so were hoping that it would go there but then we got the news that it was going right up the road,” said Reigel.
“So if the well fails and that material is underground and under pressure it’s going to eventually get into aquifers,” said Elk County C.A.R.E.S President Michael Kamandulis.
All of the concerns were heard by the EPA prior to the permit being granted, and the agency will monitor the water.
A township meeting is to be held Feb. 12 and township officials are to be discussing a new plan to keep the well from being built.