By May 1, 2017 Read More →

Injection wells described as “The Poison Beneath Us” ……..

Editorial Comment by Kathy Foster

 

With the questions being raised concerning the possibility of Waste Management wanting to put landfill wastewater underground at their site in Campbellton, Florida,  there are an increasing number of questions being brought forth by the public.

 

There is no disagreement that Waste Management followed all the requirements for seeking the permit for an injection well,  but apparently the general public was not paying close enough attention to the fine print.

 

Over the past several decades,  U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.  (ProPublica.org)  They also point out that no company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil.

 

The general fear is well-founded   —  that in 10 to 100 years the U.S. is going to find out that most of the groundwater is polluted.

 

ProPublica.org has reported well inspections have found that structural failures inside injection wells are routine.

 

While more public meetings to discuss this issue may be forthcoming,  it behooves each of us to do our own research and form some well-based decisions on what we learn.    The easiest way to do this is to research the internet yourself and not depend on some one else’s opinion.   Just go to  ‘injection wells’ and see what you come up with.

 

Unfortunately most of it doesn’t sound good.

 

Another area of concern involves insurance for your homes and businesses.

 

A trip to talk with insurance agents at several local firms revealed that insurance coverage may be more expensive (if available) for catastrophic ground collapse  which is what may result as injected substances erode rock and sediment below ground    ….  just something else to think about.

 

 

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