U.S. EPA gives good marks to Ohio’s injection well program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says Ohio has a good program for regulating underground injection control (UIC) wells, but needs stronger enforcement and better record keeping, according to the Times Reporter in New Philadelphia. The newspaper says an EPA report concluded that Ohio has strengthened its regulatory program for the wells, which are used for disposal of oilfield drilling wastes, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources taking steps to reduce the risk of seismic activity, increase the number of well inspectors and require continuous pressure monitoring and automatic shut-off switches in wells permitted since 2012. But the Times Reporter says that EPA also found a third of the well files it reviewed had a reporting gap or an inaccuracy. For more, read the full story.