Plans for an injection well in Hubbard will likely not move forward after the company with the permit failed to make any meaningful progress in building it.

Hubbard Trustee Rick Hernandez tells 21 News that permits for the Class II disposal well near a busy entrance to I-80 along Hubbard-Masury Road are expected to expire in just a few days.

"I don't see this thing moving forward at all in the near future," Hernandez said, noting they'd be subjected to an entirely new permitting process.

Bobcat Hubbard LLC, which proposed the plans, originally got the permit on March 16, 2023. Permits are only good for one year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The well has been a controversial subject for the Hubbard Trustees, last year they objected to the well through a letter sent to ODNR.

Trustees were concerned about the well's proximity to drinking water. Hernandez said the well sat close to Yankee Creek, which was a tributary for the Shenango River.

Concerns over the well stem from the fact that given it was a Class II disposal well, it would be filled with brine, a byproduct of fracking that could potentially contain toxic metals and radioactive substances.

It's not the first time the township has disputed an injection well in the same area. In 2018, Bobcat Hubbard LLC bought the site. At the time, ODNR granted the company a permit for the same proposal.

Much like the recent project, those plans went unfulfilled after protests from township officials and community members.