Ohio has unique layers of rock -- making it a leader in disposing fracking waste


CLEVELAND -- Contaminated water from West Virginia is raising questions about the safety of our water in Ohio.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, there are 203 Injection wells across the state.

The reason for so many? Experts say that Ohio has unique layers of rock -- making it a leader in disposing fracking waste.

"Ohio has more formations that allow for injecting the waste deep underground. When I say deep, I mean 4,000 to 5,000 feet underground," said Jason Wuliger from Clean WaterNet.

The waste is pumped from a truck into storage tanks, and then down into the ground.

As the waste fluid is pumped through the pipes, the layers of rock keep it trapped and out of the ground water.

Even though there haven't been any cases of groundwater contamination, the question remains -- how safe is it?

"It's a debatable proposition because what's it going to be like in 100 years? I think the key here is technology," said Wuliger.

Wuliger says technology is helping to clean up the wastewater that could be reused in the future instead of sending it deep into the Earth.

We asked Wuliger how safe he would feel living near an injection well.

"As long as the regulations were adhered to, I would be comfortable that they would be shooting it deep enough underground that it wouldn't be coming in contact with the water that my family and I drink," said Wuliger.

Another concern is earthquakes.

Some Ohio seismologists with the U.S Department of Interior says hydraulic fracturing can cause earthquake activity.

As a result, Ohio has set new permit conditions in earthquake-sensitive areas.

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