EPA Public Hearing on Proposed Fracking Fluid Injection Wells in Warren County, PA

UPDATE: The EPA hearing scheduled for Feb. 23 was postponed because a stenographer was not available to attend and record the meeting. It will be rescheduled “in the next several weeks.”

Application has been made to inject wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations in Pennsylvania into two wells in Warren County, PA.

Two wells in Columbus Township could soon begin receiving wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling operations.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, at Youngsville High School regarding the proposal to use two existing wells as “produced fluid disposal” injection wells.

The injection proposal was filed by Bear Lake Properties of Wexford, Pa.

The wells are west of Bear Lake near the eastern edge of State Game Lands 197.

According to a draft of the EPA permit, limits would be set for monthly injection volume of 30,000 barrels and pressures of 1,696 pounds per square inch (psi) at the surface and 3,916 psi at the bottom of the hole.*

*Times Observer (Feb 23) – EPA holding public hearing on proposal to use wells for ‘produced fluid disposal’