K&H 2 Frack Waste Injection Well: Not Safe!

K&H 2 Frack Waste Injection Well: Not Safe!

12 Tons of Contaminated Soil and Water:

  • During K&H2 construction in January, the drillers accidentally hit fluid as they drilled through the sandstone formation.
  • The pit took on fluid containing saltwater and gas which overflowed to the surface and leaked into a nearby stream.
  • The Ohio EPA Spill Response Team had to be called.
  • K&H had to remove at least 12 tons of contaminated soil and water from the site. At that time, the well was found to be in violation.

400 Feet of Missing Cement:

  • In January, during construction of the K&H2, 210 bags of cement were “lost” down the hole as the well was drilled. This almost certainly means that there are cracks or fissures in the well pit, and that the cement was pushed out into these fissures as it was poured.
  • Instead of investigating where the cement was going, or consulting with a geologist or engineer, the K&H company, under the oversight of the ODNR, just kept pouring cement down the hole until they finally filled it up.
  • Missing Cement means cracks or fissures. Cracks or fissures could mean lack of integrity in the well structure.

Athens community members and the Athens County Commissioners called repeatedly for proper seismic and geologic testing to be done before the K&H 2 was drilled. Such testing was never done. Now, the loss of so much cement down the well shaft, coupled with the recent spill, and the accidental hitting drilling into saltwater and gas indicates dangerous problems with this well. If the well is leaking, the aquifer could become contaminated. Groundwater contamination, especially from frack waste, is very difficult if not impossible to address and can destroy underground sources of drinking.

Frack Waste Injection Wells: Not Safe!

Fracking Chemicals and Birth Defects:

  • Recent studies show that fracking waste can cause birth defects.
  • A recent study shows that mothers living near fracking wells have a 30% increased likelihood of having a baby with congenital heart defects.
  • The same study shows that an increased likelihood of neurological birth defects are also likely for mothers living near fracking sites.
  • Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and benzene, all chemicals released during fracking, are known to cause birth defects.
  • A recent study found that a mother’s proximity to fracking increased the likelihood of her baby having a low birth weight from about 5.6 percent to more than 9 percent.
  • The same study showed that newborn children who live near fracking sites are twice as likely to have a low Apgar score (which is a summary measure of the health of newborns) than children who don’t live near fracking sites.

Call the ODNR!

Chief of Oil and Gas Division: Rick Simmers: 614 265 6922

Underground Injection Control: Tom Tomastik: 614 265 1032

Demand that the ODNR:

  • Investigate the loss of cement and the spill at the K&H 2.
  • End its unethical financial connection to the oil and gas industry. This is a conflict of interest.
  • Protect Athens County families’ access to clean water, instead of doing the bidding of the oil and gas industry.
  • Stop ignoring the voices of Athens County residents and our local county commissioners.
  • Stop permitting new injection wells in our county.

Athens County residents do not stand to benefit from injection wells. They do not bring jobs or economic gains. However, while we have nothing to gain from these wells, we have everything to lose: These wells pose a threat to our water, our air, and the lives and health of our families and our children.

More information about frack waste injection wells:





To find out how to get involved in stopping injection wells in our community, please contact: appalachiaresist@gmail.com

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