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Old 10-02-2014, 12:03 PM
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Does any fracking take place near Columbus? Or if not, how far away? I'm interested in this city but wouldn't move there if there was natural gas drilling close by..
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:10 PM
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No. The hydraulic fracturing is occurring in Eastern Ohio counties. You're talking more than 100 miles away for any sort of drilling activity.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:58 PM
Location: Columbus, OH
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However, we do have radioactive toxic fracking waste to deal with.

Injection wells, and now landfills. Not much regulation or oversight to speak of. In fact, Ohio was recently found to be the state with the worst regulation & waste disposal practices.
( Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices EcoWatch )

"About 200 injection wells operate in Ohio, including one in Delaware County, seven in *****way County and more than a dozen across Morrow County. The area is part of the Big Walnut watershed, which feeds Hoover Reservoir. More than half of Columbus gets its drinking water from the reservoir...."
Activists want Columbus to have environmental

The Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently approved a controversial permit to allow the processing and "reuse" of Radioactive Solid Frack Waste (drill/cuttings and sludge) at the Ohio Soil Recycling Co., located on the banks of Alum Creek, a Columbus Area watershed, next to the Alum Creek Greenway Bike Trail, 2.2 miles from Bexley, 5 miles from the Ohio State House, and upstream from the Alum Creek merge into the Scioto River.


Toxic chemicals and radioactive elements leak from landfills into our rivers and streams through our ground water and can contaminate our water supply. All landfills leak, some while the landfill is actively operating, but 100% of them will leak after a few decades. In particular, Radium 226 is highly water soluble, and even if it is "diluted" with dirt, sawdust, or other elements to meet certain EPA requirments, it will make its way into our water supply.

By classifying this waste as "Naturally Occuring" the state can allow this disposal without testing for radioactivity at the dump sites. The most prolific gas and oil production areas in underground shale are also the very "hottest" from the standpoint of radioactivity, because of the way in which gas and oil are formed. Nearly all solid and liquid waste from Fracking contains levels of radiation, some of which can cause Public Health concerns."
Radioactive Waste Alert| Columbus| Frack Waste

Last edited by RiverLover11; 10-02-2014 at 09:08 PM.. Reason: It won't let me say *****way County, does the astericks automatically.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:18 AM
Location: Columbus, OH
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And this is on the horizon for those of us in Ohio~

..."Ohio law already exempts tons of deep shale drilling waste from landfill regulations meant to protect the public from elevated levels of heavy metals and radioactivity.

Now the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to allow “beneficial reuse” of those shale drill cuttings, including on roads and in wetland restoration."

Ohio fracking waste issues go beyond chemical disclosure | Midwest Energy News
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