2012.04.11 Holly Taylor: Concern about injection wells

Written by David Green.

It is too bad that representatives from West Bay Exploration chose not to attend the town hall meeting in Brooklyn on April 5 to discuss the injection wells proposed for Norvell Township. Perhaps they could have answered the following questions.

At the March 8 meeting we learned that West Bay’s two deep injection wells will be drilled in Norvell Township and that each injection well can absorb the waste from 22 oil wells. Since there are 42 oil wells in production, with a total of 60+ drilled over the last two years, and more sites being prepared, how many injection wells can we realistically expect to have in the Irish Hills? Has West Bay applied for permits for more than the two wells currently pending? How long does it take between the initial application to the EPA and final approval? At what stage in the process are public statements heard?

In addition to the above, there seems to be some discrepancy as to the depth of the injection wells. How many feet down are they expected to go?  Since everyone draws their drinking water from the same aquifer, we need to protect it at all costs.  The injection wells will definitely threaten that aquifer. In addition, the EPA has stated that “50% of all well casings will fail over time.” 

– Holly Taylor

Crestridge Drive, Cement City

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