The recent earthquakes near Youngstown appear to have been caused by nearby Class II wastewater injection wells. These wells are used to dump brine and other fluids associated with oil and gas production, fluids that likely contain toxic chemicals – often from the fracking process – as well as radioactive or cancer-causing chemicals released from underground.

According to recent reports, nearly 9 million barrels (at 42 gallons per barrel) of wastewater were dumped in Ohio last year, with about half of it coming from fracking wells in other states like Pennsylvania.

With hundreds of these disposal wells dispersed throughout Ohio, Plunderbund wanted to know if we had any in our backyards.

So we asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for a list. According to the documents they provided, there were 194 injection wells in Ohio as of 01/02/2012. (note: A few new permits have since been issued)

The well data we received from ODNR is mapped** below along with the full list of wells we received. We also obtained a list of all violations for these wells which we’ll be publishing tomorrow.

Here’s the map:

CommunityWalk Map – Class II Injection Wells in Ohio

Here’s the full list of injection wells from ODNR:

Injection Well Data Sheet

**Please Note: The well map has been updated using geographic coordinates provided by ODNR for each well. If you need additional information on any specific well, ODNR has details about all of the wells in Ohio on their website. Or email us at crew at and we’ll help you find the information.

  • Anonymous

    I am far from being a geologist so I am eager to hear viewpoints from them regarding the effect these wells have on the Ohio’s Teays River.  “. . . Teays River still affects life today . . . Many communities lying atop the buried Teays River
    channel tap into sand and gravel aquifers several hundred feet below
    ground for their municipal water supplies.”

    Ohio became a leader in manufacturing due to its location and it’s vast natural resources – particularly fresh water.  Are we destroying the not only our drinking water but our economic future?

  • MrsD

    “In addition, the new rules hold the industry to a higher standard asconcerns communication with neighboring property owners and local governmentofficials, who must register with the state if they wish to be notified aboutdrilling in their area.”

    Property owners  and  local governments must Opt-in in order to be notified about drilling in their area.   This AFTER THE FACT.  

  • Professional!)Great post!!~Thansk a lot!

  • thanks a lot for the post!

  • Green Iris

    I can’t believe that Vickery Environmental isn’t on this list.  I would bet that they are taking waste water.

    How can we get a street address for any of the sites listed?

  • Dmoore2222

    The only thing republicans can give us is toxic fracking water. They take everything else–money from public education for charters, natural recources from our land for profit, and assets from businesses a la Bain Capital and the like. 

    This is the future for Ohio under republican rule.

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