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No Decision Yet on Permit and Meeting
We contacted Chis Weiss at the OEPA to ask about the status of the Buckeye Brine Permit and the new Information Meeting that we have requested. We were told that before any decision can be made all of the comments would have to be reviewed. Because of the large number of comments that were submitted they do not see a decision coming soon. They plan on responding to all of the 1900+ citizens who signed the petition as well as those who sent comments.

During this holiday season please take time to cherish those people, places, and things within your lives that you fought so hard to defend and preserve these past months. Our community is better and stronger for your efforts. Regardless of what they decide we will go forward together either in celebration or in unified opposition.
Urgent! Senate Bill 250
has passed the Senate!
As the petroleum and waste corporations continue to build heavy toxic industries in the center of residential areas across the state they have found a champion in Ohio Senator Mark Hoagland. The ex-Navy Seal has decided to make his fortune by raising private armies to protect the gas, oil, and waste barons from Ohioans who object to having their communities appropriated and their health and property threatened. His SB 250 adds penalties beyond the legal norms for trespassing or in any way harming or interfering with "critical infrastructure" operations. It changes penalties from misdemeanors to felonies. You can be held accountable to trumped-up felony charges for the actions of another person. If someone else attending is judged to have violated this broad vague law you can be fined up to 10 times the amount usually imposed for criminal mischief. It is designed to do one thing; stop the right of citizens and unionists to protest the conditions and risks that these companies force them to endure. We already have laws that protect private property from misguided individuals. This law protects billionaires from accountability.

Write to Representative Larry Householder (click link) to register your opposition to the bill. (I don't know what the house is calling its version of the bill yet.) Here are some ideas you can copy and paste to start your letter if you want to:
  • I am opposed to SB 250 because we do not need laws to protect toxic industries from Ohio citizens. We need laws to protect Ohio citizens from toxic industries.

  • I am opposed to SB 250 because there are already laws that protect private property from an individual with bad intent. This law targets citizens who are exercising their right to dissent from unjust  policies forced on them by a legislature that is harming their communities and not representing their interests. This law builds on those policies. It would never even have been drafted if we had legislators who represented us.

  • I am opposed to SB 250 because it is cookie cutter legislation that was written by corporate lobbyists and has appeared simultaneously in several states controlled by the oil industry. It has the American Legislative Exchange Council's stench all over it:     https://www.nlg.org/new-anti-protesting-legislation-a-deeper-look
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Press Release SB 250
For Immediate Release
Contact
Cheryl Johncox, Cheryl.johncox@sierraclub.org
Teresa Mills, Tmills@benohio.org

Ohio Senate Votes to Limit Freedom of Speech

December 6, 2018 (Columbus, OH)- The Ohio Senate voted 23-5 to pass Substitute Senate Bill 250, legislation that is unnecessary and will limit Ohioans freedom of speech and assembly. Despite consistent opposition from organizations and citizens, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported the bill to the Senate floor today. The bill which seeks to severely limit the actions of concerned citizens and citizen watchdog groups, who would seek to hold corporate entities accountable for environmental, and property damages.

"Ironically, This vote comes just days after the publication of news that Energy Transfer Partners builder of Rover pipeline is responsible for 800 violation while building Rover and one other pipeline across Ohio and Pennsylvania. As well as, just a day after landowners filed suit against Enbridge's Nexus pipeline for breach of contract." Said Cheryl Johncox.

Teresa Mills, Executive Director for the Buckeye Environmental Network said; "Citizens still regard the bill as an infringement on their constitutional rights guaranteed under the First Amendment. The bill remains vague to the point that it would be a violation of the Chilling Effect doctrine, the Vagueness doctrine, and the Overbreadth doctrine; all of which are designed to protect our First Amendment Rights. Because the legislature continues to moving this bill forward, one would also have to ask if they themselves are in violation of the law."

Opposition efforts will move to defeat Substitute Senate Bill 250 in the Ohio House.

SB 440
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL
GOES BEFORE THE OHIO HOUSE
Need to hear from supporters NOW!
If you are among the 70% of Americans who want the kind of universal healthcare enjoyed by the citizens of every other major industrialized nation you will want to contact your RepresentativeLarry Householder , (click link) who is a member of the Ohio House Insurance Committee. Let him know you support the Ohio Health Security Act.
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HB 393
Radio Active Oilfield Waste to be sold to the public as driveway and sidewalk deicer for their homes
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Website Updates
Comment Page Added
Readers are sending us  the comments they have submitted  to the OEPA  about the Class 1 Permit.
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Library Page Updated
Important new articles, reports, and videos have been added to the LIBRARY PAGE.
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ON THE RECORD
CECA sent the following letter to OEPA Director Craig Butler:

                                                                                                                                       October 17, 2018


                                                                                                     Nick Teti
                                                                                                     Coshocton Environmental and
                                                                                                     Community Awareness
                                                                                                     18998 CR 3
                                                                                                      Warsaw, OH 43844

Director Craig Butler
Ohio EPA - Directors Office
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049


Dear Mr. Butler,

I am writing to you in regard to the meeting and comment period scheduled by the OEPA in Coshocton on October 18th. We are in a unique situation because wells are being converted, not drilled. The conversion is from Class 2 to Class 1. These wells were licensed and operated as Class 2 wells but supposedly built to Class 1 standards. Because of this the citizens of Coshocton were denied the information meeting we would normally have received on Class 1 operations before drilling began.

Now, eight days after the only scheduled information meeting, the OEPA will close the comment period and go forward with the permit to operate. That gives us just over a week to process all the information that will be presented at the meeting on this technical 194 page application. Our community has had little opportunity to learn about or understand class 1 operations other than what we have been told by Buckeye Brine. We have had no information from our regulatory agencies into the establishment of this Class 1 infrastructure that will have the potential to bring hazardous waste into our county. Eight days is not enough time to for us to review and process the information the OEPA will present at their meeting on October 18th.

We are requesting a 30 day extension from the current October 26th closing date for comments. In the interest of fairness to the residents of Coshocton County we would like to be able to submit comments and questions until close of business on November 26th, 2018. I am enclosing signatures from 1906 area residents who are in support of this action.

            

                              Yours truly,

                              Nick Teti

                              Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness

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On October 18th CECA met with State Senator Jay Hottinger at the OEPA Meeting and asked that he send a letter to Craig Butler in support of our request to extend our comment period 30 days. This is his letter:
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Director Butler's response to our request:
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Click the red text on the right to see the a copy of the permit the OEPA has drafted that will let Buckeye Brine inject Class 1 Waste in Coshocton County.
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CECA has approached the Coshocton County Commissioners and informed them of their ability to pursue the appeals process as agents of our local government should the wells be permitted. They have standing to appeal any decision by the OEPA before the ERAC tribunal, (Environmental Review Appeals Commission.) They have decided not to file an appeal. If the wells are permitted the clock begins ticking. An appeal to ERAC must be filed and completed within 30 days of the permit being granted.  They have received the concerns brought to them by  local residents and forwarded them to the EPA. They have not taken a position on the injection wells.
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The Coshocton City Council took a position on the injection well issue and wrote the following letter: 
October 15, 2018

Kristopher Weiss
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
50 West Town Street, Suite 700,
Columbus, OH 43215

Mr. Weiss and interested parties,
We, the members of Coshocton City Council, wish to submit this letter of concern on behalf of our city and its citizens. As officials elected by the residents of Coshocton to represent them, we feel it is our duty and responsibility to act on their behalf when requested to do so. This letter embodies that obligation.

Regarding the issue of the proposed conversion of Buckeye Brine injection well(s) from Class 2 to Class 1, this council does not support moving forward with that request. It is widely known that an aquifer nearby Buckeye Brine’s current location is Coshocton’s primary water source. If that aquifer became contaminated and our water source compromised, this would certainly be catastrophic to our community. In addition, there are several oil and gas wells and citizen owned water wells in that area that could be affected. We do understand that Buckeye Brine meets and adheres to regulations established by the governing regulatory bodies within our state. However, the issue of what happens underground after the wastewater is introduced to the earth remains largely unknown.

Therefore, we seek to preserve the health and safety of our citizens by respectfully requesting that the Ohio EPA hear the collective voices of the citizens of Coshocton and deny the requested proposal to convert the above-mentioned injection well(s) to Class 1.
Thank You,

Rev. Cliff Biggers
Council President

Mike Gross
1st Ward Councilman

Chad Johnson
2nd Ward Councilman

Jackie Salmans
3rd Ward Councilwoman

Brad Fuller
4th Ward Councilman

Tom Grier
Council at Large

Glenn Mishler
Council at Large

Roger Moore
Council at Large

What is Class 1 Waste?

It's complicated.

Class 1 waste is divided into two categories; Hazardous and Non-Hazardous. Hazardous waste is dangerous even in storage and must be carefully monitored. It is also much more likely to cause mortality in the event of accidents or contact. Although the categories are different, the wells that they inject into are identical in construction whether they are permitted for Hazardous or Non-Hazardous waste. The only difference is the permit. A Class 1 Non-Hazardous well can obtain a permit to become a Class1 Hazardous well.  

Certain very toxic chemicals are identified and listed as Hazardous and must go into a Class 1 well that is permitted for hazardous waste. The EPA sets standards for maximum contaminant levels for chemicals in drinking water which are usually expressed in ppm, (parts per million).  1 ppm  =  (1 / 1,000,000), is about 1 drop in 40 gallons of water. Some extremely deadly chemicals like Dioxin are listed at 30 ppq, (30 parts per quadrillion. (30 / 1,000,000,000,000,000.) These are Hazardous wastes based on TOXICITY.

A substance must also be injected into a Class 1 Hazardous well if it is a low level RADIOACTIVE waste. (High level radioactive waste is disposed of in special facilities.)

Any BIOLOGICAL waste like blood, surgical drainage or body fluids is Hazardous waste.

What about waste that doesn’t fall into these three categories? Any other waste that is not listed as Hazardous, is not Radioactive, and not Biological must be classified into Hazardous or Non-Hazardous waste. A set of criteria has been established that is used to analyze the waste to determine its classification. A waste specialist uses the following broad guidelines to make the determination:

CONCENTRATION – Is a there chemical or substance present in the waste in a strong intense state that would require injection into a Hazardous well or is it in a weaker less active condition allowing disposal in a Non-Hazardous well?

COMBINATION – Can a chemical in the waste be mixed with other substances that are injected without causing chemical reactions? Is it compounded or mixed with other substances that make it unstable?

VOLATILITY – Can a chemical or substance in the waste combust, explode, or react to create a gas?

CORROSIVENESS – Can a chemical or substance in the waste reduce or oxidize other components of the waste or the well infrastructure to cause reactions or damage?

Chemicals that are not a listed Hazardous toxin, not Radioactive, and not Biological can be injected into either a Class1 Hazardous well or a Class 1 Non-Hazardous well depending on how it is analyzed and classified using the above criteria.

It seems that Class 1 Non-Hazardous waste can contain more than just curds and whey, and soap bubbles, and pickle juice.

CLASS 1 WELLS
CAN and DO FAIL
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 Contaminated Water
Wells?

We have heard disturbing reports of water well problems that have developed around the injection wells on Airport Road. We hope this is not the case but we must find out if this is true before the OEPA meeting.
 
   
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