Ohio accepting flowback water from Marcellus shale drilling operations in Pennsylvania

Today, the Columbus Dispatch reported that the State of Ohio is taking advantage of the approximately 170 Class II underground injection control wells overseen by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Just last year, the State of Ohio significantly increased the fees out-of-state haulers must pay to dispose of brine water into these injection wells.  Despite the increase, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has seen a "dramatic increase" in the amount of brine disposed of in these wells, much of it coming from Marcellus and Utica shale development in nearby states.  In fact, nearly half of the brine disposed of in these injection wells between January and March 2011 has arrived from other states (e.g. Pennsylvania).  For more information on the treatment and disposal of flowback water from shale operations, click here.

Ohio, Pennsylvania