To be clear, this is not a drilling accident or a fracking failure of any sort. Apparently, brine and other drilling waste was intentionally dumped into a storm drain at a closed injection well site. That distinction is not stopping the drilling opponents from criticizing this event.
One local legislator wrote a letter to the OH EPA Director and said that the suspected fracking waste could contain oil and brine water laced with toxic chemicals and that it poses a danger to Mahoning Valley residents. He stated that, "While I understand that cleanup efforts are currently under way, I am appalled by not only the recklessness of the illegal dumping, but also of the secrecy and lack of communication and transparency surrounding the incident."
What this event signifies is the industry communication that is necessary to avoid drilling activities becoming tainted by events in the downstream supply chain.
This Youngstown story will be on the agenda at our upcoming water conference on February 13 here in Cleveland at McDonald Hopkins. If you are interested in attending this event, we have only a limited number of seats still available. You can register for this complimentary event at: http://www.mcdonaldhopkins.com/events-energy-forum-it's-all-about-water-02-13-13.