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From Columbus Dispatch:

The long line of tanker trucks waiting to unload at the Devco No. 1 injection well shows that business is good at the underground-disposal site.

When energy companies need to get rid of the millions of barrels of brine — the salty, chemical-laced wastewater that comes out of shale-gas wells — they bring most of it to places like this.

At the Devco well, the brine is injected 8,900 feet below ground, where it is expected to stay forever.

The process has been used for decades in Ohio to dispose of wastewater from fractured and traditional gas and oil wells.

These days, more than half of the brine coming to Ohio injection wells is from the shale-gas fields in Pennsylvania, where drilling has been under way for several years. The disposal industry is expected to grow as Ohio’s shale is exploited.

After rejecting proposals to pass brine through city sewage-treatment plants and dump the wastewater into streams, Ohio officials decided that the state’s 170 injection wells should be the primary disposal method.

“We think they got it right,” said Tom Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. “Put it back where it came from, or deeper.”

It’s a solution that doesn’t sit well with environmental advocates, who say there are too many questions about the chemicals in the wastewater and the amount that will be pumped underground.

Teresa Mills, director of the Buckeye Environmental Network, said she fears that brine will contaminate groundwater, if it doesn’t already.

“First of all, we don’t know all the chemicals that are going down there,” Mills said. “It’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind, and nobody follows it once it’s down.”

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Indianapolis- WTHR: Dumped in Indiana.

Agricultural waste has caused environmental devastation to Ohio’s largest inland lake [see video above]. To help prevent further damage, Ohio is shipping hundreds of millions of pounds of poultry manure to Indiana. Some Hoosiers say the massive piles of manure piling up near their homes are toxic – and state officials say there’s nothing they can do about it. 

Wendy Read is surrounded by farm fields in rural Randolph County, so she’s used to the smell of manure.

But the young mother says she and her family can only take so much.

“We’ve decided we have to leave because everybody’s getting sick,” she said, staring at the farm house that’s been in her husband’s family for generations. “What else can we do?”

Read and her family are moving out of state to escape an onslaught of manure that has made breathing in some parts of eastern Indiana unbearable.

In recent years, a commercial hog farm housing more than 11,000 swine moved in across the street. The pungent odor from a massive lagoon of hog manure constantly wafts over Read’s property line, easily penetrating closed doors and shut windows.

“I love Indiana and I don’t want to leave, but we just didn’t feel we have any other choice for the health of our kids and our family,” Read said with tears in her eyes, pointing to her daughter’s favorite pear tree in the front yard. “It’s making my daughter sick and my husband got sick, and all summer we couldn’t even go outside to use our property.”

The final straw: nearby farmers trucking in tons of poultry manure to fertilize their fields.

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