Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness is privileged to present the 3nd Annual Coshocton Earth Day Festival. CECA is an educational 501c3 located in Coshocton, OH bringing our community together around ideas that promote the common good. We have made the issue of climate change a priority because despite the warnings of our scientists the nation continues to exacerbate a crisis that is about to grow beyond our control. Our goal is to bring scientific, cultural, and spiritual Earth advocates into our community who are using their knowledge, values and practices to sustain the viability of our planet. We need these people to share their experience with their friends and neighbors here in Coshocton.

If you or someone you know would like a free space along with tables and seating to present Earth-friendly values, raise money to support a group protecting the environment or provide education about preserving the Earth through culture or science let us know. Contact CECA at 740-327-6161. This is an indoor event in the large commons area of the Coshocton County Career Center. Free tables are provided for presenters and there is no charge for admission.

We will also have tables with presentations by organic farmers and food producers, green technologies, local scout troops, recycling programs, a number of children’s activities, a presentation of live rescued raptors by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, bobcat, bat, and bee researchers and climate scientists from OSU, beekeepers, massage therapists, herbalists and healers, wildlife managers, environmental activists, and information on water protectors and other environmental issues. Electric vehicles will be on display. The Coshocton Quilters Guild will be sharing and promoting their traditional art form. The Yellow Rose Cloggers will be performing and offering a half hour Appalachian Folk Dancing class. The Thunder Nation Dancers will be discussing their Native American dance performances and Mark Thunder Walker will play for us on the Native American Flute. It should be a very interesting day with plenty of opportunities for inspiration, learning, and fun. We are getting more participants every day. Hope to see you Saturday, April 21st.

At present the State and Federal tax deductions and credits for renewable energy are still available. A solar panel installer will be attending Earth Day to discuss solar energy systems. If you are interested ask your power company how many kilowatt hours you used in 2017. If you share the information with the installer he can give you a free estimate for the size and cost of the system you will need. He can also explain how the government can help you with the costs.




The OhioEPA will be holding a Public Comment Meeting about the injection well permits in our county sometime in the future. The citizens of our county will have the opportunity to make comments about the proposed well conversions.

CECA is planning a workshop to give people information about the process and help them to understand what the OEPA will be considering in their decision to grant or deny the permits.  Teresa Mills from The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice will be presenting the workshop. 
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CECA challenges unregulated oil and  wastewater use for road treatment in testimony before
Ohio House of Representatives.

Testimony to The Ohio House of Representatives     
January 30, 2018

Testimony by:

Tim Kettler
Warsaw, Ohio 43844

Testimony given before:

Ohio House Resource Committee
Rep. Al Landis Chairman
Rep. Christine Hagan Vice Chair
Rep. Michael O’Brien Ranking Member
Committee Persons: Mr. Antani, Mr. Boccieri, Ms. Cyde, Mr. Edwards,
Mr. Leland, Mr. Schaffer, Mr. Stein, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Wiggam

Ohio House Bill 393

Good Afternoon Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to enter testimony on sub HB 393 concerning the impact of this legislation to allow the sale of oil and gas wastewater as a marketable commodity.

My name is Tim Kettler and I am testifying as a board member of Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness Inc. (CECA), a non-profit Coshocton County environmental advocacy and education organization.  I am a resident of Monroe Township, Coshocton County where I have been a property owner for the past 32 years.  I am an Ohio EPA Certified Wastewater Operator and have been in business in the wastewater handling and treatment field for 32 years serving residential, commercial and industrial clients. Because of my professional and community activities, I have the daily opportunity to speak with residents and homeowners, friends and family from around the state about environmental issues.  The most common feedback I hear is that folks generally don’t know anything about the issue of “brine” spreading nor do they understand the impacts of this undesirable disposal practice and the potential and immediate health and safety risks.

The geology and soil structure of Coshocton County is like that of many rural Ohio counties in that it is problematic for domestic wastewater treatment systems and much of our approach to recognizing and resolving these treatment and disposal issues also apply to the surface disposal of oil and gas wastewater. As you may know Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) are recognized as Class V injection wells,and present a real challenge as these injection wells generally discharge partially treated and treated effluent above the deepest most Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW) and in fact, above the uppermost Underground Source of Drinking Water. We must control these discharges to ensure that the treated and partially treated effluents do not short circuit the treatment process and dangerously find their way into our fresh water resources many of which are springs, ponds, artesian wells and old, shallow, hand-dug and drilled water wells. Coshocton County is subject to seasonally high ground water tables as well as permeable rock and shallow bed rock with major fissures, all of which are limiting conditions when considering surface disposal of any wastewater including oil and gas wastewater.  Many of the county’s rural residents, including my family utilize surface water for their water supply. We also live on a dirt road, built on exposed bed rock with major fissures and the township does not spread oil and gas wastewater along our property frontage at our request. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and Local Health Departments (LHD) have instituted stringent regulations to deal with HSTS treatment and disposal problems on a case by case basis. The casual and indiscriminate application of oil and gas wastewater from potentially unknown sources, made up of unknown constituents, with little control over migration and applied directly to problematic surfaces flies in the face of the progress already made and the need for future protections to safeguard fresh water resources from any type of surface contamination. This contamination becomes more likely as surface applications are encouraged to increase, driven by a marketed commodity designed to create and increase a potential profit to the dumpers.

Concern about surface application of oil and gas wastewater is not directed solely to applications on problematic surfaces. As with deep well injection, municipal wastewater treatment, industrial pre-treatment or future treatment and disposal methods a major concern is migration from containment. Oil and gas wastewater whether used to mitigate dust or as a de-icer has the potential for vast and wide spread migration and unavoidably or incidentally become a threat to fresh water resources. When it is spread on a dirt surface it will ultimately be carried away as run-off, dust in the air or on vehicles. When spread on hard surfaces direct run-off potential increases. Spread over and along water courses, culverts, storm ditches, catch basins and sewers run-off is concentrated in systems designed to collect and direct the surface flows to the Waters of the State of Ohio. We find this an unreasonable and unjustified risk just to generate a profit for a specific group of corporations and is contrary to the suggestion that oil and gas wastewater used to mitigate dust or as a de-icer is a beneficial use. This legislation may result in nothing more than an attempt to convert what it is a known wastewater disposal cost to a windfall disposal profit at the expense of the public health and safety.

The use of oil and gas wastewater as a deicer in portable restrooms is a direct conduit for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) to be discharged to the Waters of the State of Ohio. Additional unknown constituents of oil and gas wastewater are also of great concern for conventional wastewater treatment processes. This legislation is sure to alarm any operator of a treatment plant who must know what constituents or pollutants make up the wastewater profile. Introducing influents of unknown origin and content into municipal, private or semi-public wastewater treatment facilities is not feasible nor responsible. Ohio EPA Operators of Record assume responsibility to control what wastewater comes into and out of the treatment facilities they oversee. Allowing unknown wastewater constituents to enter the treatment process not only threaten the receiving waters used but also threaten the professional licenses and reputations of those municipalities, businesses and Certified Operators who are willingly or unwillingly forced to accept contaminated wastewater into those treatment facilities under their control.

 In closing we ask the chairman and committee to consider the work done by the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Local Health Departments to improve the safety and standards of Class V injection wells. These same concerns apply to oil and gas wastewater, generally disposed of in Class II injection wells and not suited for surface disposal under less oversight than Class V injection wells. It is not acceptable to allow practices that will increase the reality that Ohio is willing to become the dumping ground for the oil and gas industry. When homeowners take the responsibility to ensure that their Class V injection wells, their septic systems, do not endanger the public health and safety it is reasonable to expect that the generators of oil and gas wastewater do the same. It is up to this committee to protect Ohioans, but this bill will not contribute to that effort.

On behalf of Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness Inc.,

  Timothy Kettler
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