The Coshocton County Beacon July 11, 2018 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com JULY 11 , 2018

| OPINION | Letters to the Editor

Ever find yourself wondering where the time goes ? As I age it seems that time has sped up despite the fact that there is no more running after the kids or attending school events . The year is now more than half over with the July 4th holiday just a fleeting memory of red , white and blue , hamburgers , ice cream and fireworks .

Is there even one month on the calendar where school activities are not happening - whether it is band practice , informal practices for fall sports or just graduated seniors getting ready to head off to the college campus ? I doubt it .
And of course , you know as soon as July is over August looms large with families preparing their youngsters for the coming school year . For some it will be their first year to experience being away from home or the sitter while for others this will be their capstone moment as seniors . Enjoy the ride !
The LeBron James era is now over in Cleveland . Thanks for the memories and a championship that will forever be in the history books as one of the greatest in NBA lore .
The Central Division leading Indians have a 9 ½ game lead over Minnesota as of Monday , July 9 with 49 wins yet they lag far behind the American League East division leading Red Sox who have 62 wins and the West leading Astros with 61 victories notched in their belt . The Reds , despite showing significant improvement since the beginning of the season - are still in last place in the National League Central .
The Indians also have bragging rights with five players selected to the All-Star roster .
Planning a “ stay-cation ” this year ? Pick up a copy of the 2018 Coshocton

| MARK ’ S MUSINGS

Visitor ’ s Guide magazine at the CVB office in Roscoe Village , The Beacon office at 226 Main Street in Coshocton or you can browse a digital edition online at www . visitcoshocton . com . There is much more to do in Coshocton County than you might realize . You can easily plan an entire week of activities for the whole family right here .
The Coshocton County Agricultural Society - otherwise known as the Fair Board , deserves a huge shout out for the wonderful fireworks show at the fairgrounds on Tuesday evening , July 3 . All of the folks that helped sponsor the show and those that put it on also deserve a big “ Thank You ”.
For many members of our community it ’ s ice cream social time - as in , time to travel the ice cream social circuit . It doesn ’ t get much better than homemade noodles , baked beans , shredded chicken sandwiches and ice cream . And of course , my personal favorite , the pie . Custard , blackberry , raspberry , apple , blueberry , raisin , cherry , peach , rhubarb and others are among the favorites . And let ’ s not forget about the cream pies ! Coconut cream , chocolate and butterscotch ! I ’ m sure there are more flavors but now I ’ m hungry . Yum , yum ! I ’ ll bet they don ’ t serve pie at the All-Star game .
Make plans to attend the Coshocton County Antique Power Association tractor show this weekend at the fairgrounds . You can see some lovingly restored tractors , farm equipment and meet the people that put food on the table for all of us . And I think they have ice cream for sale too !
To The Editor , Buckeye Brine is currently applying to the Ohio EPA to convert two of its three Class 2 waste wells into Class 1 waste wells . Those of us who are opposed to Buckeye Brine ’ s permit application are being accused of fear mongering and spreading misinformation . In fact , what we are doing is examining the oil and gas industry ’ s narrative about the safety and invincibility of Class 1 wells . We question whether unlimited amounts of harmful substances can be transported , stored , processed , and injected under our aquifers and we will all live happily ever after . We question that if you use the magic words , “ Built to Class 1 Standards ” the well will never leak . Our concerns remain after reviewing three injection well operations built to Class 1 standards right here in Ohio :
( 1 ) - In the early 1980s , Chemical Waste Management Inc ., which owns and operates a Class 1 commercial waste injection site in Vickery ( near Toledo ), was fined more than $ 12 million for safety and health violations . The company , a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc ., was fined $ 2.5 million in 1983 for allowing oil at the site to be contaminated by PCBs , and was fined again in 1984 for not being able to account for between 50 million and 60 million gallons of hazardous waste injected into the ground . Here is an excerpt from an evaluation by the U . S . EPA 2008 :
FINAL REPORT FOR ON-SITE AUDIT HELD JULY 21-24 , Vickery , Ohio : This facility has four hazardous Class I injection wells . Well # 6 had a major well workover in 2004 because the well was beginning to lose mechanical integrity . The well was shut-in before the rework . During the rework , major defects were found in the casing between 2700 - 2750 feet . Logging determined that the well had failed at this interval . The company milled out the liner and Hastelloy and squeezed approximately 2900 sacks of cement into the problem zone to isolate it . The problem zone is the Rome Formation which is the sandstone layer between the two dolomites approximately 60 to 100 feet above the top of the Mt . Simon Sandstone . This same well was reworked in the 1980 ’ s due to failure at the same interval . Ohio EPA had identified these same issues and has been working with the facility to address them .
( 2 ) - While drilling a disposal well in southern Ohio , workers for the Aristech Chemical Corp . ( since bought by Sunoco , and sold again , in 2011 , to Haverhill Chemicals ) were overwhelmed by the smell of phenol , a deadly chemical the company had injected into two Class 1 wells nearby . The company ’ s permit assured the OEPA that the phenol and other class 1 waste would remain trapped for at least 10,000 years , using some of the most advanced computer modeling and the best geological science available at the time .
But the pollution had risen 1,400 feet through rock layers and was progressing toward surface aquifers . Ohio environmental officials – aided by the EPA – investigated for some 15 years . They concluded that the wells were mechanically sound , but Aristech had injected waste into them faster and under higher pressure than the geologic formation could bear .
Though scientists maintain that the Aristech leak was a rarity , they acknowledge that such problems are more likely in places where industrial activity has changed the underground environment . Industrial activity within a 2 mile radius of the proposed permit here in Coshocton consists of 27 wells on record that are drilled deep enough to interact with Buckeye Brine ’ s injection operations . Some of these wells may also be subjected to fracking in order to release the gas and oil beneath them . Will this further destabilize the injection and containment zones by fracturing and fissuring the rock layers in the geology surrounding Buckeye Brine ’ s wells ?
“ It ’ s a natural system and if you go in and start punching holes through it and
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4 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com JULY 11, 2018 |  OPINION |  Lett ers to the Editor ver fi nd yourself Visitor’s Guide magazine wondering where at the CVB offi ce in Roscoe the time goes? As Village, Th e Beacon offi ce I age it seems that at 226 Main Street in Co- time has sped up despite shocton or you can browse the fact that there is no a digital edition online at more running after the kids www.visitcoshocton.com. or attending school events. MARK’S MUSINGS Th ere is much more to do Th e year is now more than in Coshocton County than half over with the July 4th holiday just a you might realize. You can easily plan fl eeting memory of red, white and blue, an entire week of activities for the whole hamburgers, ice cream and fi reworks. family right here. Is there even one month on the cal- Th e Coshocton County Agricultural endar where school activities are not Society - otherwise known as the Fair happening - whether it is band practice, Board, deserves a huge shout out for informal practices for fall sports or just the wonderful fi reworks show at the graduated seniors getting ready to head fairgrounds on Tuesday evening, July off to the college campus? I doubt it. 3. All of the folks that helped sponsor And of course, you know as soon as the show and those that put it on also July is over August looms large with deserve a big “Th ank You”. families preparing their youngsters for For many members of our community the coming school year. For some it will it’s ice cream social time - as in, time be their fi rst year to experience being to travel the ice cream social circuit. away from home or the sitter while for It doesn’t get much better than home- others this will be their capstone mo- made noodles, baked beans, shredded ment as seniors. Enjoy the ride! chicken sandwiches and ice cream. And Th e LeBron James era is now over in of course, my personal favorite, the pie. Cleveland. Th anks for the memories Custard, blackberry, raspberry, apple, and a championship that will forever be blueberry, raisin, cherry, peach, rhu- in the history books as one of the great- barb and others are among the favor- est in NBA lore. ites. And let’s not forget about the cream Th e Central Division leading Indians pies! Coconut cream, chocolate and have a 9 ½ game lead over Minnesota as butterscotch! I’m sure there are more of Monday, July 9 with 49 wins yet they fl avors but now I’m hungry. Yum, yum! lag far behind the American League I’ll bet they don’t serve pie at the All-Star East division leading Red Sox who have game. 62 wins and the West leading Astros Make plans to attend the Coshoc- with 61 victories notched in their belt. ton County Antique Power Associa- Th e Reds, despite showing signifi cant tion tractor show this weekend at the improvement since the beginning of fairgrounds. You can see some lovingly the season - are still in last place in the restored tractors, farm equipment and National League Central. meet the people that put food on the Th e Indians also have bragging rights table for all of us. And I think they have with fi ve players selected to the All-Star ice cream for sale too! roster. Planning a “stay-cation” this year? Pick up a copy of the 2018 Coshocton To Th e Editor, Buckeye Brine is currently applying to the Ohio EPA to convert two of its three Class 2 waste wells into Class 1 waste wells. Th ose of us who are opposed to Buckeye Brine’s permit application are being accused of fear mongering and spreading misinformation. In fact, what we are doing is examining the oil and gas industry’s narrative about the safe- ty and invincibility of Class 1 wells. We question whether unlimited amounts of harmful substances can be transported, stored, processed, and injected under our aquifers and we will all live happily ever after. We question that if you use the magic words, “Built to Class 1 Standards” the well will never leak. Our concerns remain after reviewing three injection well operations built to Class 1 standards right here in Ohio: (1) - In the early 1980s, Chemical Waste Management Inc., which owns and operates a Class 1 commercial waste injection site in Vickery (near Toledo), was fi ned more than $12 million for safety and health violations. Th e company, a subsid- iary of Waste Management Inc., was fi ned $2.5 million in 1983 for allowing oil at the site to be contaminated by PCBs, and was fi ned again in 1984 for not being able to account for between 50 million and 60 million gallons of hazardous waste in- jected into the ground. Here is an excerpt from an evaluation by the U.S. EPA 2008: FINAL REPORT FOR ON-SITE AUDIT HELD JULY 21-24, Vickery, Ohio: Th is fa- cility has four hazardous Class I injection wells. 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