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Brookfield Township residents voice concerns over proposed injection well

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BROOKFIELD, Ohio - A Trumbull County oil and gas company is seeking state approval, to drill and operate an injection well in Brookfield Township.

Brookfield Trustees invited American Energy - a Cortland based company- to share with the public their plans for a saltwater injection well.

The potential well would sit on five acres of land, near State Route 7 and McMullen Drive. It would be used to dispose of oilfield waste, that comes from the oil and natural gas drilling process.

"We do a couple of extra things other companies don't do," said American Energy President Bob Barnett. "We have our regular dike around our tank battery that we collect our water in case of any type of spill and, then we put a secondary dike around the perimeter of the whole compound, which no other company does."

Still residents had their concerns. Pointing out that while the company says the well would be placed in a remote area, they feel it's too close to homes, a school and water tower.

"Who would purchases one of those houses if they knew that this well is there," asked one resident.

"I don't know what's more fragile that we have than our own children and grandchildren, right there at Brookfield less than half a mile away," said another resident.

American Energy currently operates about 70 other injection wells, in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

And while they have not received official approval from the state, Youngstown State Geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, who attended the meeting, says it's unlikely the company will be denied their permit and any residents with concerns should contact their state representative.

 

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