Residents in Barry County are preparing for a public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a proposed underground injection well in Johnstown Township. A Traverse City-based company, Arbor Operating, seeks to operate a class 2 well, Swanson 4-7 SWD, which would take toxic wastes from oil and gas wells for permanent disposal. The permit application is requesting for a dry oil well on Manning Road to be converted to an injection well. The company now brings its wastes from three oil/gas wells to Calhoun County for disposal.
Anyone concerned about injection wells in Michigan are welcome to attend and provide comments to the EPA. The hearing is preceded by a public informational meeting. Both take place at the Hastings Public Library.
If you cannot attend, please send written comments.
Location: Hastings Public Library, 227 E. State Street, Hastings, MI (upstairs)
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: Public Meeting 6:00 to 7:30 pm, followed by Public HEARING 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Come early to register to speak and be prepared to give a 3-minute comment.
April 21 Deadline for written comments: The written public comment period ends Friday, April 21 (midnight postmark). Send new comments to: Jeffrey Wawczak, U.S. EPA Region 5 (WU-16J), 77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604-3950. Comments can be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the EPA Public Notice here.
“A Proposed Injection Well for Barry County,” Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation,