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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: July 26, 2023 12:41 PM
From: Representative Charity Grimm Krupa
To: All House members
Subject: Banning Toxic Oil and Gas Wastewater Injection Wells
Protecting the health and safety of our residents is one of the core functions of our government. Unfortunately, projects are occasionally proposed that endanger our citizens and I believe that an injection well for toxic oil and gas waste water that has been proposed in a rural township in my district is just such a project.

Injection wells are wells that are used to store fluid deep underground into porous formations. It has been demonstrated that the waste water from oil and gas operations has a number of radioactive elements and other toxic materials within it, which present possible health risks if they are allowed to mix with our drinking water.

I do not believe that it is an acceptable risk to allow injection wells to be sited within our communities considering the severe consequences that may result if an accidental spill or leakage incident occurs. There have been a number of injection wells that have reported issues with fluid migration and significant cracking in the lining of these wells which has led to leaks.

My legislation would prohibit our Department of Environmental Protection from issuing any permits or authorizations which would allow for oil and gas waste water to be injected within the Commonwealth.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1656