Original Statement by Hubbard Ohio Township Board of Trustees on July 31, 2018 entitled, WASTE BRINE INJECTION WELL OBJECTION CONTINUES can be read here on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HubbardTownshipPolice/photos/a.296084560461478.69442.294928043910463/1866493676753884/?type=3
WASTE BRINE INJECTION WELL OBJECTION CONTINUES, Statement by Hubbard Ohio Township Board of Trustees on July 31, 2018:
The Hubbard Township Trustees met with citizens on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at a special meeting concerning the proposed brine waste injection well proposed for the Hubbard Interstate 80 interchange area. Trustees filed the official objection to the well based upon citizen input and materials submitted by the last attempt by D&L Energy for the very same site in 2011/2012.
The local owner of the well site is NEXLEV LLC of 7041 Truck World Blvd in Hubbard, and is the very same company that sponsored the waste well in 2011 under the D&L/Ben Lupo enterprise. The Township objects to the proposed waste injection well, located in the center of the Hubbard Township business district, and it is in direct opposition to the 3.5 year, $15,000 Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the Township and is current legal guidance in community development. The primary objections raised by the Township and local citizens center around the following:
1. Failure to notify in a legal and timely manner.
2. The new well is an exact duplicate of the application of 2011 when the D&L/Lupo NEXLEV LLC failed.
3. The proposed well is less than 10 miles from the D&L earthquake site and 1.5 miles from the Hubbard/Kleese KDA Dubois site, 2140 North Main Street.
4. The drill site is directly above the “Hubbard Aquifer” that supplies most of Hubbard Township that is not supplied by a public water source.
5. The proposed well site is within the Hubbard Exit #234 of Interstate 80 which is already a traffic hazard and the #2 most dangerous intersection in Trumbull County.
6. Trumbull County is already the host to 17 of the 217 waste brine injection well sites in Ohio. Trumbull County is at the bottom of the public health surveys, one of the worst areas for cancer, breathing issues, and low birth weight concerns. Air quality will be an additional health concern and is already being monitored by air quality professionals. Ground water contamination is a concern due to the location of Little Yankee Run Creek less than 100 feet from the well site. Little Yankee Run Creek flows into the City of Hubbard and then east into Pennsylvania, upstream from the Shenango Water Treatment facility in Sharon, PA.
7. Economic development and job development as promoted by the Township Comprehensive plan (developed over 3.5 years with the assistance of the Trumbull County Planning Commission) includes a “corridor district” with the City of Hubbard and other communities. Within 100 feet of the proposed well site there is an explosives/fireworks/flammable warehouse, a dairy/ice cream manufacturing facility, and several other businesses including two truck/fuel facilities and a recently expanded GM dealership.
8. The legacy of the coal industry that involves 43 inactive coal mines which dot the area within 2.5 miles of proposed waste well site.
9. The 3.94 acre site is too small for the amount of tanker truck traffic being suggested on the application along with the increased truck traffic in the interchange area on an already poorly designed interchange and high traffic crash area.
10. Social justice issues involving the placement of these brine waste injection wells in areas, cities, and townships that can ill afford to mount a legal challenge to large corporations and government agencies bent on taking theses wastes, be it landfills and out-of-state garbage or waste brines (and who knows what else) into our community.
The Township received “official” notification about the proposed well on July 30, 2018, even after the media knew about the well on July 20, 2018 based upon an application dated July 9, 2018. The clock is ticking and we have 15 days to respond. The Township has responded and has requested a hearing within the community.
Local citizens are requested to contact the following entities BEFORE AUGUST 13, 2018; send them your comments registering your opposition AND request a public hearing here in the Hubbard community:
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Oil & Gas Management
2045 Morse Road, Bldg F-2
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Senator Sean O’Brien
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Representative Glenn Holmes
77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
77 South High Street, 30th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Our best hope is Governor Kasich, as he was the one that took control of the situation in 2011/2012 following the earthquakes caused by D&L Energy and the Northstar #1 well in Youngstown, by issuing an executive order that closed those wells within a 7 mile radius of Northstar #1 well site.
We as citizens must take the time to care about what happens to our community, our homes, our kids, and the future of the Hubbard Community. Please, take the time to care and contact the State and stop this insane process that destroys our community, our health, and our future. Please do it today!
If you need additional information, please contact any one of your three Trustees. Special thanks to our neighbors that have lent support to our battle to stop this waste well: Brookfield Township; Vienna Township; and most of all, the City of Hubbard, Mayor John Darko, and members of City Council.
FREDERICK HANLEY, CHAIRMAN
HUBBARD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 31, 2018
Calling 234-201-8007 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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