EPA considering new injection well near Pittsburgh 🔓

Federal regulators are likely to approve a wastewater injection well just east of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, Kallanish Energy reports.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing July 26, at the Plum Community Center on the application made by Penneco Environmental Solutions.

The Delmont, Pa.-based company wants to convert an old oil and natural gas well in the city of Plum into an injection well to get rid of drilling wastes.

It wants to pump up to 54,000 barrels per month of drilling brines to a depth of roughly 1,900 feet in the Murraysville Sandstone.

The injection well must also be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Pennsylvania has only roughly a dozen injection wells due to its geology and its more complicated permitting.